The president of Egypt says he will rebuild at least 14 Coptic Orthodox Christian churches this year that were damaged or destroyed in sectarian attacks in August of 2013, the Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (January 10, 2016).
Protesters attacked at least 50 churches and Christian homes after a deadly dispersal of Islamist sit-ins following the military removal of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged to restore the churches while attending Christmas mass at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.
Sisi spoke in the church while standing next to Pope Tawadros II, the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. He said, "We have taken too long to fix and renovate [churches] that were burned. This year everything will be fixed. God willing, by next year there won't be a single church or house that is not restored."