In the vicinity of the city of Samalut, in Egypt, a church dedicated to the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded three years ago by the terrorists of the Islamic State faction, was inaugurated. Thirteen of the victims were from that region. The family members of the victims took part in the celebration.
There is hope for the mortal remains found during last year in Libya to be brought to this place of worship.
The construction of the church, according to a statement from the “Aid to the Church in Need” Foundation, began in April 2015.
February 15th was the day in which the videos showing images of this massacre were released: it became the date of the liturgical memory of these Christians who were declared martyrs by the Coptic Pope Tawadros II.
On several occasions, Pope Francis himself condemned the massacres of the Egyptian Coptic Christians.
About these “brothers who were killed for the simple fact of professing Christ”, he said: “the blood of our Christian brothers is a testimony that screams. It does not matter if they are Catholics, Orthodox, Copts, Lutherans: they are Christians. The blood is the same, the blood that professes Christ.”
Source: Christian Media Center (CMC)