His Holiness Pope Tawadros II released the following message concerning today's attack on Christian visitors to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, Minya, Egypt
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.
On this day we have suffered for this attack which resulted in the death of many of our children, martyrs and wounded, as they were on their way to the monastery of the great Saint Samuel the confessor, in the wilderness of Qalamon. We suffer greatly because of such incidents, yet we still bid them farewell on the hope of the resurrection and we know that God the Pantocrator sees all things and governs everything in our lives. My condolences to all the families of the martyrs and the wounded, and on behalf of the Church and all Her organizations, we send our condolences, and are consoled with them, and pray that God may fill our hearts with heavenly comfort.