The Egyptian army corps of engineers said it has completed the restoration of St. Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, where a terrorist attack last month left 27 dead.

Coptic Christians represent 10% of Egypt’s population of 90 million. They are often discriminated because of their faith and they even face building restrictions when constructing places of worship.

In a statement, the Egyptian Army said the areas of the church damaged by the bomb blast were quickly repaired so Coptic Christians could celebrate Christmas there, Catholic News Agency reports.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered the renovation of the church before the Christmas holiday on January 7.

Coptic Christians represent 10% of Egypt’s population of 90 million. They are often discriminated because of their faith and they even face building restrictions when constructing places of worship.

The Coptic Cathedral of Saint Mark was bombed December 11 by a suicide bomber. The target of the terrorist was the Saint Peter and Saint Paul chapel, where Mass was being celebrated at that time. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack that killed dozens of Christians and left many injured, mostly women and children.

Egyptian police have arrested four people in connection with the bombing. The Interior Ministry stated that it had arrested one of the two along with three others who were part of the same cell and who planned to carry out more attacks. Police has confiscated improvised explosive devices, shotguns and ammunition from those arrested, Christian Today said.

Sources:
Catholicnewsagencycom. (2017). Catholic News Agency. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/egyptian-cathedral-restored-after-december-bombing-63245/

Christiantodaycomau. (2017). Christian Today. http://www.christiantoday.com.au/article/four.arrested.in.links.to.cairo.coptic.cathedral.bombing/23326.htm

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