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World Europe 28 May 2017 May the Lord welcome ...

May the Lord welcome these martyrs: Pope's tribute to Coptics killed by IS

AP
Published May 28, 2017, 6:47 pm IST
Updated May 28, 2017, 6:47 pm IST
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, which killed 29 people.
Pope Francis recites the Regina Coeli prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
 Pope Francis recites the Regina Coeli prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Vatican City: For the second day in a row, Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians following an attack on a bus carrying Coptic pilgrims to a remote desert monastery.

Francis led thousands of people in prayer today for the victims, who Francis said were killed in "another act of ferocious violence" after having refused to renounce their Christian faith.

 

Speaking from his studio window over St Peter's Square, Francis said: "May the Lord welcome these courageous witnesses, these martyrs, in his peace and convert the hearts of the violent ones."

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, which killed 29 people.

Yesterday during a visit to Genoa, Francis prayed for the victims and lamented that there were more martyrs today than in early Christian times.

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