The Coptic Orthodox Church received severely saddening and deeply painful news about an evil attack on St Mary and St George’s Church in Misrata, Libya. This crime led to the martyrdom of:
1. The Martyr Wagdi Malak Hanna, 40 years old, from the province of Al Minya.
2. The Martyr Ashraf Samy Adly, 26 years old, from the province of Alexandria.
This also led to the injury of numerous other innocent sons of the church.
The heavens joyfully receives these martyrs as they join those before them who lost their lives in the Church of the Saints in Alexandria during the same time of the year, and others who were martyred due to attacks on our houses of worship in the past.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms these terrorist acts that target houses of worship and we appeal to the peoples of the world and their governments to fight such terrorism. We also remind all people, all citizens of the world, especially religious leaders, that religions are founded on love and peace and forbid aggression against innocent people. This is why it is essential to find the criminal perpetrators and to punish all those who spread hatred for others.
On this sorrowful and painful occasion that the church strongly condemns, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Libyan authorities for their assistance to the families of the martyrs and the wounded and their diligence in investigating this terrorist attack.
We would also like to thank the Egyptian authorities and the Egyptian embassy in Libya for their support of those who were wounded and for facilitating all necessary actions.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and the See of St Mark
H.E. Metropolitan Bakhomious, Metropolitan of Al Beheira, Matrouh, and Northern Africa