Cairo, Egypt, Dec 11, 2016 / 14:47 pm America/Denver (CNA).
At least 25 persons were killed Sunday when a bomb exploded at a chapel attached to St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, and dozens more were injured.
“Vicious terrorism is being waged against the country's Copts and Muslims. Egypt will emerge stronger and more united from this situation,” Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stated Dec. 11, as he declared a three-day period of national mourning.
The explosion occurred around 10 am local time during a Liturgy at the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The Coptic Orthdox Church is an Oriental Orthodox Church, meaning it rejected the 451 Council of Chalcedon, and its followers were historically considered monophysites – those who believe Christ has only one nature – by Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox.
Egypt’s Christians, mostly Copts, make up 10 percent of Egypt’s 83 million-strong population, while the remaining 90 percent is Muslim.