Mohamed Morsi

As Egypt’s Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas, they also mourn church bombing victims

As Egypt’s Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas, they also mourn church bombing victims

Emad Tawil on Thursday returned to the church where he survived a bombing that killed his wife and daughter last month, determined to celebrate Christmas even as he mourned.

St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo is the mother church for Egyptian Copts, who celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, based on the ancient Julian calendar.

“Every time they bomb a church or attack us, they increase our faith,” said Tawil, 53.

The bombing during Mass in a chapel next to the cathedral Dec. 11 fatally injured nearly 30 people, including Tawil’s 19-year-old daughter, Verena Emad Amin, and wife, Madlen Tawfiq, 48....

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