Sunday, August 14th, 2022
Statement of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land about the fire at Abu Seifein
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.
+ Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM
President of the ACOHL
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Fr. Marcelo Gallardo IVE
General Secretary ACOHL