An important question, considering the Cathedral of the Coptic Pope was just bombed.
On Palm Sunday — the first day of Holy Week — the blood of the murdered ran in the streets as they gathered to worship in the name of Jesus Christ. Bombs shattered the Sunday services on one of the Holiest days of the Christian calendar.
At least 44 people were killed in Egypt in bomb attacks at the cathedral of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday, prompting anger and fear among Christians and leading to troop deployments and the declaration of a three-month state of emergency.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also injured more than 100 people and occurred a week before Coptic Easter, with Pope Francis scheduled to visit Egypt later this month.
The assault is the latest on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants, and a challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has pledged to protect them as part of his campaign against extremism.
The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city about 100 km (60 miles) north of Cairo, tore through the inside of St. George Church during its Palm Sunday service, killing at least 27 people and injuring at least 78, the Ministry of Health said.
The second, a few hours later in Alexandria, hit Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 17 people, including three police officers, and injuring 48, the ministry added.
Coptic Pope Tawadros had been leading the mass at Saint Mark’s Cathedral at the time of the explosion but was not injured, the Interior Ministry said.
…Islamic State’s branch in Egypt has stepped up attacks and threats against Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million people and are the biggest Christian minority in the Middle East.
In February, scores of Christian families and students fled Egypt’s North Sinai province after a spate of targeted killings.
…Although Copts have faced attacks by Muslim neighbors, who have burnt their homes and churches in poor rural areas, in the past, the community has felt increasingly insecure since Islamic State spread through Iraq and Syria in 2014.
“Of course we feel targeted, there was a bomb here about a week ago but it was dismantled. There’s no security,” said another Christian woman in Tanta in reference to an attack earlier this month near a police training center. —Reuters
Footage of the bomber setting the bomb off, and the aftermath:
It was carnage.
The pontiff expressed his ‘deep condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II. Word of the bombing came as Francis himself was marking Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.
The pontiff asked God `to convert the hearts of those who spread terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make, and traffic in, weapons’.
The pope’s remarks on the church attack were handed to him on a piece of paper after he remembered the victims of the Stockholm attack Friday night. —DailyMail
And so it is, just like Hollywood elites call for open borders and ‘sanctuary’ cities from the relative safety of their gated communities, it’s easy for the Roman Catholic Pope to sit in a walled city (has he forgotten why those walls were built?) and tell us not to build walls.
From his own secure buildings, it’s easy to say that Islam is not a problem.
Just this February, he was noted for saying:
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements. —Breitbart
Say What? Does ‘Prophet of the Sword’ ring any bells?
‘Does not exist’. Wow. That’s a little difficult to square with these numbers don’t you think?
What is the problem, exactly? Jesus wasn’t afraid to call out so-called religious leaders when those leaders were preaching a lie. (Matt 24) Neither were the Apostles. Why is the current Pope now ‘nicer than Christ?’
Is it political correctness?
Does he view their religion as legitimately another avenue to saving faith? (That would be ridiculous — wouldn’t it?)
Is he afraid to speak out?
Does he think it’s more ‘loving’ to be friendly than it is to be honest?
Is there some other reason?
Or could it be — like the Hollywood elites in their gated communities — that he’s so far removed from the situation that he’s seeing this through Pollyanna’s eyes.
Let’s hope it won’t take another explosion to reevaluate his views.
Sorry Francis, but you’re way off on this one.