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Statement on escalating violence in Egypt

Statement condemning the attacks against St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, and the killing of Christians in the village of Al-Khosous.

09 April 2013

It is with considerable worry and concern that the WCC is following the escalation of violent sectarian events in Egypt.

The WCC, as a worldwide fellowship of churches, condemns the attacks against St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, and the killing of Christians in the village of Al-Khossous.

The sectarian conflicts and increasing tensions are a threat to the national security of the country and, above all, to Christian-Muslim coexistence in Egypt.

It is our belief that the values brought by the Egyptian revolution should be the basis of a common future for all Egyptians, regardless of their religious identity and political views.

We call on Egyptians, Christians and Muslims, especially the youth, not to be driven apart through sectarian tensions and conflicts. We ask them to join hands and work together in order to establish a future based on equal citizenship, a just society and peaceful communities.

We also urge religious leaders and the authorities in the country to promote a language of fellowship and harmony, to foster initiatives that ease the tensions and revive a spirit of respect and mutual understanding within the Egyptian population.

The Christian presence in the Arab world is an essential pillar of its identity. A thriving future is only possible through partnership and common action.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
WCC general secretary