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August 13, 2013 3:35 pm

Head of Coptic Church Urges Restraint in Egypt

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Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt's Coptic church. Photo: Dragan TATIC via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org The head of Egypt’s Coptic church, Pope Tawadros II, urged the Egyptian people to prevent bloodshed and violence in the face of growing sectarian violence.

“I call on everybody, with my utmost love, to protect the lives of Egyptians,” Pope Tawadros said on his official Twitter account, according to a translation by AllAfrica.com.

“I ask all Egyptians to use their heads wisely, practice self-restraint and avoid any violence, attacks or recklessness against humanity or property,” Pope Tawadros added.

Pope Tawadros played an unprecedented role in the Egyptian military’s ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. But in the weeks following the ouster, violence against Egypt Coptic Christians has dramatically increased. Several Coptic Christians have been murdered and injured in attacks. Tawadros has canceled his weekly prayer sessions and other public events out of fear for his safety.

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  • Uriahh

    There is hardly a squeek coming out of our State Dept that has quietly ceded murder rights to kill Copts to the Egyptian Islamists.

    Add to this tragic scene, the rest of the Muslim world firing Christian churches and driving out Christian citizens with mob attacks. Where is the condemnations from our State Dept. and our President.

    I forgot! he is busy ‘reaching out’ to the Muslim world to show we intend no harm. What Christian murders?????