EGYPT’S COPTIC CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AMID TIGHT SECURITY

NEW CAIRO, Egypt, The head of the Coptic Church in Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt’s new administrative capital, a service attended by Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

The mass, on the eve of Coptic Christmas, which was celebrated on Jan 7, was the first to be held in the newly-built cathedral, and took place amid tight security.

Sisi was cheered by worshippers as he entered the building.

The new Egyptian capital, announced in Mar, 2015, this is intended, partly to reduce crowding in Cairo.

Some 45 km (28 miles) east of Cairo, the city, which has not yet been given a name, will be home to government ministries, housing and an airport.

The celebrations were held days after attacks on a Coptic church and another Christian-owned shop, that left more than 10 people dead.

Egypt’s large Christian minority, has increasingly been targeted in recent years, by Islamist militants, including the Daesh group, which is waging an insurgency, in the north of the remote Sinai Peninsula.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK