Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt released a statement concerning the spate of killings, terrorist attacks, and conflict between Egypt's current military government and supporters of ousted ex-President Muhammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. In recent days, violence has escalated as 25 Egyptian police officers were found murdered, allegedly by the Muslim Brotherhood, in retaliation for the death of more than 30 supporters of the Brotherhod, allegedly by Egypt's security forces. Over the last week, some 50 Christian churches have been attacked or destroyed in a rampage that has terrified the native Christians of the North African country:
Statement of the Catholic Church in Egypt
With pain, but also with hope, the Catholic Church in Egypt is following what our country is experiencing: terrorist attacks, killings and the burning of churches, schools and state institutions. Therefore, out of love for our country and in solidarity with all lovers of Egypt, Christians and Muslims, we are trying to do our best to communicate with friendly organizations around the world to clarify for them the reality of events taking place in our country. We would like to express the following:
Our free, strong and conscious support for all state institutions, particularly the armed forces and the police for all their efforts in protecting our homeland.
Our appreciation of sincere nations to understand the nature of events while flatly rejecting any attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of Egypt or to influence its sovereign decisions, whatever the direction might be.
Our thanks to all Egyptian and international media that report the news and events objectively and impartially while condemning those media that promote lies and falsify the truth in order to mislead world public opinion.
Our thanks to our honorable Muslim compatriots who have stood by our side, as far as they could, in defending our churches and our institutions.
Lastly, we address the international conscious and all national leaders that they understand and believe that what is happening in Egypt now is not a political struggle between different factions, but a war against terrorism.
In conclusion, we express our condolences to all families and relatives of the victims. We ask the Lord to heal all the injured.
Patriarch of Alexandria for Coptic Catholics
President of the Council of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Egypt