Cairo, 05 February, 2022 / 2:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A community in Egypt’s Diocese of Minya has embarked on a 15-day commemoration of the martyrdom of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians who were murdered in 2015 by Daesh jihadists.
Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Portugal, has announced that for the entire 15 days starting Tuesday, February 1, the community of Samalut in the Egyptian Diocese will be celebrating the courageous witness of the 21 who were killed by the Islamic State terrorist group, on a beach in Libya.
The tributes to the Coptic martyrs will continue until February 15 and will take place mostly at the shrine erected in the town of al Awar, where almost all of them lived, ACN Portugal reports.
“Liturgical celebrations, prayer meetings, lectures and visits to the museum that has been built next to the shrine, are some of the initiatives that the diocese of Samalut is organizing during these days that are also intended to be of ‘spiritual awakening,’” the charity foundation says in the Tuesday, February 1 report.
There were 20 Egyptians and one Ghanaian, ACN Portugal reports, and explains that all those who were killed were “humble laborers who were in Libya trying to help the meager domestic economy.”