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Pope Condemns Attack on Christians in Egypt

A Christian woman mourns on the coffin of Mina Demian during a funeral at Abassaiya Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo 10 Oct. At least 26 people, mostly Christians, were killed 9 Oct. when troops broke up a peaceful protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt. (photo: CNS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany, Reuters) 

Father Greiche said, “At the time of the old regime of Mubarak, there were also churches being burned and it was the security forces that always used to take care of us. Now even the government does not give a damn about what is happening.”

In his main audience talk to about 14,000 people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict spoke about the joy and gratitude reflected in Psalm 126 and how Christians have an obligation to recognize the gifts God have given them and to offer thanks.

“In our prayer we must look more often at how, in the events of our lives, the Lord has protected us, guided us and helped us and we must praise him for what he has done and still does for us. We must be more attentive to the good things the Lord does; we always notice the problems and difficulties — it’s almost like we don’t want to see there are good things that come from the Lord,” the pope said.

Editors: Contributing to this story was Kristin Gobberg in Rome.

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