“I ask the Lord to forgive them and let them try to think – is it right or wrong?” she said, adding: “We also forgive you.”
Her husband lost his life preventing a suicide bomber from entering the Cathedral of St Mark in the port town of Alexandria. Three hours earlier, the Mar Girgis church in Tanta had also been targeted, with a total of at least 47 lives lost. Two Coptic churches in Cairo endured similar attacks just months earlier in December 2016.
After listening to the interview, the television anchor told audiences: “The Egyptian Christian deeply loves his country. If your enemy knew how much forgiveness you have for him, he would not believe it.”