Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mass celebrated in Tahrir Square in the midst of Egpytian political unrest

Mass was celebrated on Sunday in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's political unrest after weeks of protests calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Egypt's Coptic Christian community has faced discrimination under Mubarak's thirty-year rule, and terrorist bombings of their churches. On Sunday, Muslims stood in solidarity with the Christian worshipers, forming a protective ring around the perimeter of the square while Mass was celebrated. According to the Daily News, "On Friday, the holy day for Islam, Christian protesters in Tahrir Square joined hands to form a protective cordon around their Muslim countrymen so they could pray in safety. Sunday, the Muslims returned the favor. They surrounded Christians celebrating Mass in Cairo's central plaza, ground zero for the secular pro-democracy protests reverberating throughout the Middle East."

Read the full story of their witness to peace here.

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