Pope decries attack on Christian worshippers in Egypt

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Pope decries attack on Christian worshippers in Egypt

VATICAN CITY (AP) â€" Pope Francis has decried the attack on pilgrims in Egypt, saying they were killed "for being Christians."

Francis invited faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday to pray with him for the seven slain as they were making their way to a remote Orthodox Coptic monastery.

Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population and have long complained about discrimination.

Francis voiced "sorrow for the terrorist attack which two days ago struck the Coptic Orthodox church in Egypt."

He said he was praying for the "pilgrims killed for the sole fact of being Christians," asking that those grieving be comforted.

Pope Francis waves to faithful during the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday,    Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis waves to faithful during the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (AP)

In 2017, an attack on the same monastery killed 29 persons.

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer from his studio' s window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (AP)

On Sunday, Egypt said security forces killed 19 militants in a shootout, including the gunmen suspected in Friday's attack.

Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP)
Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP) (AP)
Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt

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