Cardinal Timothy Dolan showed his support for Coptic Christians at a prayer service on Thursday, after the massacre of 21 followers of the faith by Islamic State militants.
Pope Francis and Cardinal Timothy Dolan have denounced the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants, with Dolan saying the attacks threaten “civilization itself.”
The prayer service with be held Thursday night at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in East Brunwick.
New Jersey has the largest population of Coptic Christians in the United States.
Saint Mark’s Church in Jersey City was more crowded than usual for Sunday services with many Egyptian Americans praying for peace in their homeland.