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Coptic Orthodox churches throughout Egypt held an “exceptional mass” on Tuesday in order to prevent Coptic participation in the “Day of Wrath” protests, according to al-Ahrār.
The paper says that after praying for Egypt, priests asked attendees not to demonstrate, but instead to go home.
“The Holy Bible calls on us to obey Sultans and Kings…but the church has nothing to do with politics,” said Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah and al-Qanātir, pointing out that “calls for demonstrations are destructive and that is why we pray for Egypt.”
Father Salīb Mattá Sawirus, Patron of the Mār Girgis Church, claimed that the anti-government demonstrations aim to "destabilize our country Egypt.”