Pope Francis attends a prayer calling for peace in Syria, in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile Pope Francis attends a prayer calling for peace in Syria, in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope prays for Egyptian Copts who died in attacks near Cairo

By: MENA
Sun, Dec. 31, 2017
VATICAN CITY - 31 December 2017: Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of attacks on Copts in Egypt, Fox News reported on Sunday.

Francis expressed closeness to "the Orthodox Copt brothers" of Egypt after the attacks two days earlier in a Cairo suburb. At least nine people died in the attack on a church and on a nearby store that was owned by a Copt.

The pope prayed that God "welcome the souls of the dead, sustain the wounded, their relatives and the entire community, and convert the hearts of the violent ones."

Francis was greeting thousands of faithful who had gathered in St. Peter's Square for his last Sunday noon window appearance of 2017.
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