Pope Francis on Monday called Pope Tawadros II, the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria to voice his condolences over Sunday's attack in a Coptic cathedral in Cairo that claimed 23 lives, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said.
Francis "expressed his sympathies to the patriarch and the
Coptic community that was stricken so harshly, especially the
women and children who represent the highest number of victims,"
Tawadros on Monday presided over a funeral Mass for the
vicims in a church not far from the location of the explosion in