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Prayers for Egypt in Bethlehem on Sunday

PriereFather Jacob Abu Saada, Melkite parish priest of Bethlehem, invited his faithful to pray on Sunday for their Egyptian neighbors. The particular intention is for the return of safety and stability in this large Arab country whose role is vital in the region.

The Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 6th. It will also be in memory of the martyrs of recent attacks in Alexandria. This decision was made after Father Abu Saada called Bishop George Bakar, vicar general for the Melkite Church in Egypt and Sudan, to find out about the state of the civil unrest Cairo. For this reason, Fr. Saada invites his parishioners to join in prayer because the political situation shows the risk of political and social unrest and instability.

On Friday, the 11th day of protests, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians marched through the streets of the capital to demand the departure of President Hosni Mubarak. Christians took to the streets of Cairo, too, with the Muslims. But recent events have turned into violent riots and tragedies. Today, the great fear of the Christian community in Egypt is to see the dispute with Mubarak taken advantage by the Islamic extremists.

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