Pope Francis in Genoa: prayers for slain Copts
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis led prayers Saturday for the victims of an Islamic terror attack on a busload of Coptic Christian pilgrims.
During the course of a meeting with clergy and religious of the Archdiocese of Genoa on Saturday morning, the Holy Father asked participants to pause for a moment of silent prayer before reciting the Hail Mary together.
“Brothers and sisters,” said Pope Francis, “I invite you to pray for our Egyptian Coptic brethren who were killed because they refused to renounce their faith.”
“Together with [all our Coptic brethren], their bishops, my brother, [Pope] Tawadros [II of Alexandria of the Copts],