CAIRO: A number of Egyptian Muslims organized a consecration ceremony for a Coptic Christian family by the Nile River in Giza Friday to express solidarity amongst the Egyptian society, Youm7 reported.
Representatives from the Lawyers Syndicate and the Tourism Staff Coalition attended the ceremony, as well as several priests from the Evangelical Church.
In the wake of the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, several churches were attacked and burned down, and Coptic citizens were intimidated, especially in Upper Egypt.
Copts represent approximately 10 percent of Egypt’s population, making it the largest Christian community in the Middle East and Africa.
Coptic Christian protesters have also stood together to protect Muslims while praying during the 18 days of protests that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Thousands of Muslims showed up at the 2011Christmas Mass outside Egyptian churches forming human shields against any potential acts of terrorists following the New Year’s Eve bombing of a cathedral in Alexandria, which killed 21.
The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on January 7.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visited Cairo’s Abbasiya Cathedral to participate in the 2015 Coptic Christmas mass. His visit was the first of its kind by an Egyptian president.