The Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London has spoken of his “great sadness” after a fire in a church in Egypt left dozens dead, including many children.
At least 41 people were killed in the fire that swept through the Coptic Orthodox Church of Abu Sefein in Imbaba, on the outskirts of Cairo, on Sunday.
The death toll includes 18 children and priest, Father Abdel-Messih Bekhit. Dozens more were injured.
Archbishop Angaelos called it a “tragic loss of life”.
“What is even more tragic, is that due to the nature of liturgical attendance, many of these fatalities and injuries were multi-generational, with families mourning numerous members,” he said.
“As many bury their loved ones today, and others support survivors in hospitals and at home, we pray repose for those who have sadly departed, comfort for…