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Egypt opens Middle East’s biggest cathedral near Cairo

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated Egypt’s largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Coptic church.

The newly built Cathedral of Nativity had its first Mass under heavy security on Sunday, the eve of Coptic Christmas.

On Saturday, a policeman died trying to defuse an explosive device hidden on a roof in Nasr City outside Cairo.

Copts make up about 10% of Egypt’s Muslim-majority population.

Many say the state discriminates against them and does not offer them enough protection.

Egyptian army guards outside the newly inaugurated Cathedral of Nativity in the New Administrative Capital

Mr Sisi, who declares himself a defender of Christians against extremists, told worshippers the simultaneous opening of the cathedral and the major Al-Fattah Al-Aleem mosque carried a message of unity.

“We are one and we will remain one,” Mr Sisi said as he opened the cathedral, referring to Egyptian Christians and Muslims.

Image copyrightAFPChristian worshippers attend the inauguration of a massive cathedral in Egypt's New Administrative Capital on January 6, 2019
Image captionThe newly built church can hold 8,000 people
Image copyrightAFP/GETTYChristian worshippers attend the inauguration of a massive cathedral in Egypt

Pope Francis extended greetings to Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic church, who later led a midnight mass.

Image copyrightEPAPope Tawadros II of Alexandria leads a Christmas Eve mass at the newly inaugurated Cathedral of Nativity in the New Administrative Capital, Egypt
Image captionPope Tawadros II told worshippers they were witness to a great opening of the cathedral
Image copyrightREUTERSA worker cleans the interior of the new Coptic Cathedral of the Nativity at the New Administrative Capital
Image captionAdorned with Coptic icons, the new Coptic cathedral is some 45km (28 miles) east of Cairo

The newly built Al-Fattah Al-Aleem Mosque will be able to accommodate almost twice that of the cathedral, both of which are located in the major development that is the new administrative capital.

Image copyrightEPALabourers work outside the newly-constructed Al-Fattah Al-Alim mosque at the new administrative capital, 45km east of Cairo
Image copyrightEPALaborers work inside the newly-constructed Al-Fattah Al-Alim mosque at the new administrative capital, 45km east of Cairo,

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Source: BBC News

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