Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm
At the request of Cardinal André VINGT-TROIS, Archbishop of Paris, President of the French Bishops' Conference and Ordinary of Eastern Rite Catholics in France, Bishop Renauld de DINECHIN, Auxiliary Bishop of Paris, presided at this Mass in memory of the victims of the attack outside a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt on December 31, 2010.
More than two thousand faithful, including His Excellency Mr. Nasser Kamel, Ambassador of Egypt to France, were gathered under the vaults of the cathedral in prayer with our Coptic Orthodox brothers.
To listen to the Homily of Bishop Renauld of DINECHIN, Click here.
Communique of Cardinal André Vingt-Trois
On this day for peace, it is particularly painful to see that extremists attacked faithful Copts who were attending a mass of the Christmas preparatory novena, the Nativity celebrated by our Coptic Orthodox brothers on January 6.
Cardinal André Vingt-Trois invites Catholics to pray for the victims and their families, for all Christians persecuted in the world and for peace.
The Mass on Sunday, January 2 at 6:30 pm at Notre-Dame de Paris will be celebrated particularly for this purpose.
† André Cardinal Twenty-three
Archbishop of Paris
January 1st, 2011