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Resurrection: Cathedral in Egypt reopens eight months after Palm Sunday massacre

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/05/17

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A Coptic cathedral has been restored and reopened eight months after a suicide bombing there on Palm Sunday killed 28 and injured 74 others

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St. George’s Cathedral in Tanta, the capital of the Gharbia governorate north of Cairo, has been renamed the Cathedral of St. George and the Martyrs, and its blood-splattered pillars have been left untouched as a reminder of what happened.

The cathedral was one of two hit on the same day by suicide bombers targeting Copts celebrating Palm Sunday. Between the two churches – the other was in Alexandria, 130km northwest of Tanta – 46 people were killed and over 100 injured.

“Everyone is amazed to see the church rise from the ashes, and the ruins metamorphose into a lofty, exceptionally beautiful building,” the local bishop, Anba Pola, told DMC TV. “Screams of horror at the martyrs’ spilt blood have now turned into joyful ululations.”

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