Samalot (Agenzia Fides) - The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Samalot is preparing to celebrate the first anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Copts killed in Libya by jihadists of the Islamic State (see Fides 16/02/2015). Celebrations - refer Egyptian sources consulted by Agenzia Fides - will culminate in the solemn liturgy on Tuesday 16 February. In the days preceding and those following, Bishops and priests will celebrate Masses and hold prayer meetings and reflection in the diocese, which most of the Coptic victims of the massacre perpetrated in a Libyan coastal town belonged to, whose video was posted on jihadist websites.
The 21 Coptic Egyptians were kidnapped in Libya in early January 2015. The video of their beheading was put online by jihadists sites on February 15.
That video - remarked on that occasion Anba Antonios Aziz Mina Coptic Catholic Bishop of Guizeh - "was a dreadful cinematic staging, with the intention of spreading terror. During their barbaric execution, the matyrs repeated their last words: 'Lord Jesus Christ'. They entrusted themselves to Him". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 06/02/2016)