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Churches in southern province of Minya, Egypt have said that they will not hold Easter celebrations to mourn the brutal ISIS attacks earlier this week. Instead of festive services and large meals, these Coptic Christians have promised to spend the weekend praying. As the situation for Christians in Egypt worsens, this presentation of support and unity is promising.

4/13/2017 Egypt (USA Today) – Egyptian churches, in the southern city of Minya, said on Tuesday that they will not hold Easter celebrations in mourning for 45 Coptic Christians killed this week in twin bombings of churches in two cities during Palm Sunday ceremonies.

The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said that celebrations will only be limited to the liturgical prayers “without any festive manifestations.”

Minya province has the highest Coptic Christian population in the country. Copts traditionally hold Easter church prayers on Saturday evening and then spend Easter Sunday on large meals and family visits.

Parliament approved on Tuesday President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s decision to declare a three-month state of emergency following the attacks, an action seen as a foregone conclusion since the legislature is packed with el-Sissi supporters. The Cabinet declared it had gone into effect as of 1 p.m. on Monday.

 

 

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