Egypt's church decrees 3-day fast to mourn victims
Sunday, October 9, 2011
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Coptic church has called on followers to fast and pray for three days to mourn Christians killed in clashes with Muslims and security forces.
Security officials said Monday that the death toll from Sunday night's clashes rose to 26 from 24 after two people died of their wounds. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The church issued the mourning statement Monday after its spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III, met with 70 bishops. The 3-day mourning period is to begin on Tuesday.