Over the weekend, an estimated 15,000 Egyptian Christians flocked to Cairo to attend an open-air Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Saturday’s worship ceremony took place at Egypt’s Air Defense Stadium, which holds up to 25,000 people.
Catholics, who comprise less than 1 percent of the country’s population, constituted a mere portion of the overall attendees, ABC News reported. Thousands of Coptic Christians, who make up roughly 10 percent of the population, were widely represented at the gathering.
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As Faithwire previously reported, Egyptian Copts have been the target of multiple deadly attacks by Islamic jihadists. Amid what has been a season of grief for Egypt’s Christian minority, the interdenominational fellowship projected an image of strength and solidarity.
Francis’s two-day trip to promote peace and unity marked the first time a pope had visited the Muslim-majority country since St. John Paul II in 2000, according to ABC. In a time when many feel the Egyptian government has let Christians down, the pope’s visit sent a bold message that their persecution would not be ignored.
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