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A Coptic cathedral has been restored and reopened eight months after a suicide bombing destroyed it on Palm Sunday killing 28 and injuring 74 others.

St George’s Cathedral in Tanta, the capital of the Gharbia governorate north of Cairo, has been renamed the Cathedral of St George and the Martyrs, and its blood-splattered pillars have been left untouched as a reminder of what happened. The cathedral was one of two hit on the same day by suicide bombers targeting Copts celebrating Palm Sunday. Between the two churches – the other in Alexandria, 130km northwest of Tanta – 46 people were killed and over 100 injured.

“Everyone is amazed to see the church rise from the ashes, and the ruins metamorphose into a lofty, exceptionally beautiful building,” local bishop, Anba Pola, told DMC TV. “Screams of horror at the martyrs’ spilt blood have now turned into joyful adulation.”

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Praise the Lord for the re-opening of the church. May the building be used for God’s glory and a blessing for His people.
  • Ask for a covering of protection on this building and all who enter through its doors.
  • Ask God to continue overseeing the growth of His church in Egypt, calling even those who have tried to hinder religious freedom.