The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land

learned, with great sadness, on the major fire which broke today at “Abu Seifein” Coptic Church at Imbaba (Giza, to west of Cairo).

The Assembly is saddened more to learn on the death of several tens of worshippers and on tens of other injuries.

We pray to the Lord for the rest of the souls of those who perished in the fire and for quick recovery of the injuries.

We offer our condolences to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II,

Patriarch of Alexandria of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and to the families of the victims.