Reuters news agency reports today that although three attacks last week against churches in Egypt killed 45 worshipers, members of the Christian minority attended services in large numbers. Among tight security and in somber moods, parishioners filed through metal detectors into a church attacked on Palm Sunday. Rafiq Bishry, head of Saint Mark Cathedral’s organizational committee in Alexandria, stated he was surprised so many people attended the service adding, “This is a clear message to the whole world that we are not afraid.”
The Islamic State has killed 80 Egyptian Christians in three separate church bombings since December. Maha Ragaay, a Christian teacher living in Cairo, avoided watching television last Sunday to keep from seeing those killed in the bombings at the churches. Celebrating Easter with family and friends at home, she lit a candle in front of a small crucifix and said, “I do not want (these attacks) to happen again, but I don’t feel that we’re doing anything to stop this.”
Reuters report found here.