October 12, 2011. (Romereports.com) During the weekly general audience the pope said he was very distraught over the recent attacks that killed at least 26 people in Egypt's capital.
“I feel the sorrow of the victim's families and the entire Egyptian people, who are torn by attempts to undermine the peaceful coexistence between its communities, which is important to preserve, especially in this time of transition.”
The deadly incident started when nearly 1,000 Coptic Christians got together in Cairo to protest the burning of a church. The protest appeared to be peaceful, yet eventually there were clashes with the military. In the end 26 people died. Dozens more were injured.
The pope called on the 14,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for the region as it goes through its political transition.
“I also support the efforts of Egypt's civil and religious authorities who favor a society in which human rights are respected by everyone, and in particular that of minorities, which benefits national unity.”
The pope also reflected on Psalm 126, which reflects on the joy of prayer, even during moments of grief and sorrow. He reminded people to be thankful, even during challenging times.