Yesterday suicide bombings in two Egyptian chapels turned Palm Sunday into a day of terror. 44 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in the attacks that were carried out in Alexandria and Tanta. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombings that mark the worst attack on Egyptian Christians in decades. Pope Francis is set to meet with the leader of the Coptic church, Pope Tawadros the second, in a few weeks. In light of the recent attacks questions as to his security have surfaced. It is especially sad as Pope Francis is making a concentrated effort on strengthening the ties between the Catholic church and Islam. President Abdel Fattah el- Sisi declared a three- month state of emergency in response to the attacks. Many Christians supported President Sisi as he promised protection for Christians in Egypt. His ability to keep that promise is no being called to question.

It is so sad to see something as beautiful as Palm Sunday get turned into something so terrible. It will also be interesting to see if this three- month state of emergency will indeed end after three months.