“It was not the first attack on a Christian priest. The murder committed by the terrorists is in the sequence of other crimes targeting the civil population of North Sinai and aimed at frustrating the efforts that the Egyptian people make to fully restore peace in their long-suffering land,” the patriarch said in his letter of condolences to Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II.
Patriarch Kirill as cited by his press service, is “convinced that these efforts will be crowned with success, because the ideology of killing and destruction will never be able to lay for itself a strong foundation in society.”
The Coptic priest was shot in the end of June in the city of Al-Arish. Terrorist group Islamic State (banned in Russia) took responsibility for the crime.