Pope Francis leads the first Vespers and Te Deum in thanksgiving for the past year at St Peter's basilica on December 31, 2015 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
CAIRO – 27 May 2017: Pope Francis offered his condolences to the Minya attack victims’ families and to the Egyptian people on Friday, said Egyptian Ambassador to Vatican City Hatem Seif al-Nassr in a statement on Saturday.
Pope Francis prayed for the wounded victims, asking the Lord to comfort their families, and to give Egypt the power and success to combat terrorism and stop the bloodshed of the innocent.
His Holiness also conveyed his condolences to the Coptic Church of Egypt.
Twenty-nine people were killed and at least 25 others injured after unknown gunmen opened fire at the bus, which was carrying more than 40 Coptic Christians, on Friday along the Western Desert road in Minya.
Pope Francis paid Egypt a two-day visit on April 28 and 29, during which he gave a speech on the inter-faith dialogue, praising the efforts Egypt exerts to combat terrorism.