Coptic Christians in Cairo

We are praying for the Coptic Christians of Cairo.

At least 25 people were killed and 35 were injured after a blast near Cairo’s main Coptic Christian Cathedral, according to reports from the Egyptian state-sponsored Middle East News Agency.

MENA reported that around 10 a.m. local time someone threw a bomb into a small chapel attached to the St. Mark’s Cathedral in the Abbassia district, Egypt’s main Coptic church. The attack occurred just days after another bombing in Cairo that killed six policemen.

Photos and video showed shattered windows and deteriorated roofing in the aftermath.

The cause wasn’t immediately clear.

The blast took place as a Sunday Mass being held in the chapel was about to end and coincided with a national holiday in Egypt marking the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, according to reports.

St. Mark’s Cathedral is the seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church. It’s spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II, is based there, the Associated Press reported.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.