Egypt's Coptic Christians, under pressure from repeated attacks by Islamist extremists, are to celebrate the opening of a new cathedral tomorrow – but fear it too may become a target.
The cathedral is said to be the biggest church building in the Middle East and has been largely funded by the Egyptian government, in a sign of its commitment to its Christian minority.
It is located in the country's new administrative capital, a new city being constructed east of Cairo which will grow to a city of 7 million people.
The cathedral will seat more than 8,000 people and features twin bell towers 200 feet high. The opening ceremony will be led by Coptic Pope Tawadros II in the presence of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and representatives of Islamic authorities.
The project's executive director Wagih Amin, a Christian, told Egypt's The National: 'It is ...