Bishop Kyrillos: There is of course deep sorrow. However, at the same time, we are seeing a deep trust in God and great strength. The same can be said today as was the case in the wake of previous acts of terrorism: when attacks are carried out to keep people from going to divine services, more than usual actually attend.
ACN: How did your non-Christian environment react?
Bishop Kyrillos: We are experiencing a great deal of solidarity and sympathy! The state reacted immediately and opened investigations. That means a lot, especially when you consider that in other cases, such as the attack on Alexandria a few years ago, there are still no leads. In those cases, people were convinced that the police and the state were helping the perpetrators. That is not the case this time. A president who personally attends the funeral service and shakes the hand of each family member and all Church representatives sends out a strong signal.
ACN: Have special security measures been put into place?
Bishop Kyrillos: In addition to external security, which is the job of the authorities, they want to train our people, show them how to be vigilant. Our scouts, who are responsible for security on feast days, will receive civilian security training. Metal detectors are to be installed in front of our cathedral and our guest house.
ACN: Do the Christians feel adequately protected by this?