Christians Mark Anniversary of 21 Copts Beheaded by ISIS with Church Opening
ICC Note: On February 15, 2015 the Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians. Today, their families and Christians around the world remember them as the “Church of the Libyan Martyrs” is inaugurated in their memory.
2/22/2018 Egypt (Christian Post) – Relatives of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State terrorist group have shared how the tragic deaths of their loved ones has strengthened the faith of the local community.
Three years after their relatives were murdered by IS in the infamous “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross” video, members of the Coptic community of Minya province, Upper Egypt, gathered for the inauguration of a new church, The Church of the Libyan Martyrs, dedicated to the memory of these men.
“We are very happy that we have this wonderful big church named after our martyrs. It is honoring them,” Boushra Fawzy, whose 22-year-old son, Kiryollos, was among those killed, told World Watch Monitor.
“We were happy today that a mass for the third anniversary of their martyrdom was held in their church and we felt a great joy during the service, because that was a dream for us.”