1 January 2013

Egypt: Morsi Phones Libyan Parl't Speaker On Church Attack

Photo: Serene Assir/IRIN
Egyptian church (file photo)

President Mohamed Morsi phoned on Monday 31/12/2012 Libyan Parliament Speaker Mohammed Yousef al-Magariaf on a recent attack on a service building of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox church in Masrata.

The Egyptian presidency said in a statement that al-Magariaf condemned the attack and offered his condolences.

The Libyan official asserted that Libyan authorities are working on bringing the perpetrators to justice, said the statement.

Meanwhile, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese paid a surprise visit to the Two Saints Church in the coastal city.

He partook in a New Year Mass held at the Church to marks the second anniversary of the 2011 deadly bombing outside the church.

He also delivered a sermon during the visit.

On the sidelines of the Mass, political powers and activists held a memorial service on the anniversary of the attack.

The attack left 21 people dead and at least 100 others injured.

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