The Romanian Patriarchate has learned with much sorrow of the loss of life of 43 Christians and the injury of over 100 caused by the attacks on the Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group.
We entreat our Most Merciful God to give rest in His peace and love to the souls of the believers killed during the Palm Sunday prayer and to grant quick recovery to the injured.
We note with concern that more and more Christians in different parts of the world fall victims to extreme manifestations of violence and hatred. Given this context, people need to understand that they are capable of and must live in peace and social harmony irrespective of their religious belief.
We intercede God to bring peace in the souls of those troubled by violence and hatred and to protect the sacred gift of human life.
Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate
Transl. by Basilica.ro