Yesterday an explosion in Cairo at St Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church killed 25 people.
Prince Charles has now sent a message to Pope Tawadros II offering his “sympathy”.
The message, that was then tweeted out, reads:
“I wanted to send your Holiness, and to all members of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt and across the world, my most profound sympathy over the unbearably inhuman attack on the chapel adjacent to St Mark’s Cathedral. Those guilty of this terrible crime are clearly seeking, in their brutal way, to create divisions within Egyptian society, as we have seen only on Friday with the barbaric murder of six policemen in Giza. The steadfastness of Egyptians in the face of such appalling hatred and extremism is greatly to be admired.
“I can only begin to imagine the dreadful shock and grief that Copts, and indeed all Egyptians, must be feeling and my heart goes out to the families and loved ones of those who have killed and wounded.
“I wanted assure your Holiness that Copts everywhere, and especially in Egypt, are in my thoughts and special prayers as they try to cope with the loss, pain and fear that the attack has inflicted upon them.”
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has declared national mourning after the attack that took place during worship at the church. The church was busier than usual as it was a national holiday to celebrate the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth, so more people were attending the service.
The explosion, which took part on the women’s side of the church, has injured 49 and killed at least 25 with those numbers expected to grow. It is the largest single bombing on a Christian place of worship to take place in Egypt since 2011.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.