Ecumenical Outcry Follows Coptic Christian Killings

February 9, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Century

The drive-by gunfire killing of six Coptic Christians in Egypt at their church on January 6, the eve of their Christmas celebration, has drawn widespread shock from the Vatican and church leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan has denounced the killing of the Christians and a Muslim security officer. Some nine others were injured in the attack in the upper Nile city of Nag Hammadi. Younan said January 11 that he offered support to the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. 

"The attack is horrifying and puts fear in the hearts of Christians in Egypt," Younan said from Beirut, where he was attending the general assembly of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches.