Date: January 8, 2019
An Egyptian police officer was killed on Saturday while attempting to make safe a bomb placed near a Cairo church only two days before 7 January, when Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas.
Two policemen and an onlooker were injured when one of the two devices found detonated on a rooftop in an eastern suburb of the city.
It is likely the death toll would have been much higher had the bomb exploded as Christians attended Christmas services in the following days.
Official sources said security patrols were being stepped up outside churches and other places of worship ahead of Christmas celebrations.
Muslim-majority Egypt has a substantial Christian minority, which is one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, dating back to the first century, pre-dating Islam by almost 600 years.
Please join us in prayer: Give thanks to the Lord for protecting His people from a bomb attack in Cairo, Egypt as they gathered to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and for the efforts and courage of the Egyptian security forces in preventing terrorist attacks. Pray that the family of the policeman who was killed while attempting to make safe the bomb will be comforted. Ask that the Lord will be the refuge, strength and ever-present help of Christians in Egypt (Psalm 46:1). Pray for continued protection of Christians in Egypt in the coming days, just after the Orthodox celebration of Christmas yesterday.