The Dallas Morning News

Churches in Egypt city won’t celebrate Easter

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CAIRO — Egyptian churches in the city of Minya said on Tuesday that they will not hold Easter celebratio­ns in mourning for 45 Coptic Christians killed this week in twin bombings of churches in two cities during Palm Sunday ceremonies.

The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said that observatio­ns will be limited to liturgical prayers “without any festive manifestat­ions.”

Minya province has the highest Coptic Christian population in the country. Copts traditiona­lly hold Easter church prayers on Saturday evening and then spend Easter Sunday on large meals and family visits.

Parliament approved on Tuesday President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s decision to declare a three-month state of emergency following the attacks, an action seen as a foregone conclusion since the legislatur­e is packed with el-Sissi supporters.

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