Finally, some closure for families of Coptic martyrs

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

ISIS beheadingsIn a bittersweet moment, families of the Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS more than two years ago will now be able to give their loved ones a dignified burial.

Authorities in Libya recently revealed that the bodies of the martyrs were found in a mass grave after ISIS prisoners confessed to the February 2015 murders. In a sign of divine providence, the bodies were discovered after the completion of a church in a village in Egypt that was designed specifically to memorialize the faith and courage of the 21 men who were brutally massacred by terrorists along the Libyan coast.

Claire Evans with International Christian Concern says the families are encouraged by the new developments.

International Christian Concern logo"They're overjoyed at the prospect of being able to finally bury their loved ones – and to bury them in the church that was constructed to memorialize them," she shares. "They never expected that they would be able to actually have their presence physically there."

At the same time, Evans explains the families have had to endure through many uncertainties for a very long time.

"This is a little over two years after the fact," she points out. "They've been waiting to find out information. They just haven't had this opportunity for closure and the healing that comes from being able to lay your loved ones to rest."

The name of the church is Church of the Martyrs of Libya.

View recent icons created in honor
of the Coptic martyrs: here and here

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