The president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, fulfilled a promise to Coptic Christians by constructing a cathedral in Egypt’s new administrative city. Jacob Wirtschafter and Mina Nader report that “The biggest church in the Middle East opens Saturday [January 6, 2018], a landmark date in the 2,000-year-old history of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.”
Hamza Hendawi notes, “The new cathedral can house up to 9,000 worshippers and is touted as the largest in the Middle East.” And worshippers gathered there for the nativity liturgy on January 7th, 2018. Even the president, Mr. el-Sisi attended to give a speech:
The jubilant spirit congeniality contrasts sharply with the threat of ISIL against Coptic Christians. [Read more…] about Coptic Christians Construct the Perhaps Largest Cathedral in the Middle East But Will ISIL Attack It?