Cardinal Kasper expresses solidarity with Copts after attack in Egypt


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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's chief ecumenist sent a letter of support to the Coptic Orthodox patriarch, Pope Shenouda III, expressing his solidarity after a Christmas attack on Egyptian Coptic Christians. Seven people died in a drive-by shooting in the southern Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi as they were leaving the Virgin Mary Church after Christmas Eve services.

Coptic Christians, who use the Alexandrian calendar, celebrated Christmas Jan. 7. Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, wrote to express his concern and closeness to Pope Shenouda and the Coptic Christian community.

"With sadness I have heard the tragic news of the death and injury of several Coptic Christians after a Christmas midnight Mass in Nag Hammadi," the cardinal wrote.

"Please know that I am united in prayer with Your Holiness and with the Coptic Christian Community at this time."

Cardinal Kasper also said Christians must stand up for one another and work together for peace, justice and reconciliation.