Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings of two Coptic churches in Egypt during Palm Sunday services. The first bombing occurred at St. George Church in the city of Tanta, which killed 25 and wounded 60. The second bombing occurred at the Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, which killed 11 and wounded 35. Four police officers died in the Alexandria suicide bombing. Pope Tawadros II, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, delivered the Palm Sunday service at Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral prior to the bombing and is reported to be unharmed.

Pope Francis made the following statement after the attack on the Coptic churches:

Pope Francis has decried a deadly attack on a Coptic church in Egypt during Palm Sunday celebrations, just weeks before his planned visit to Cairo.

The pontiff expressed his “deep condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic church and all of the dear Egyptian nation,” and said he was praying for the dead and wounded in the attack. Word of the bombing came as Francis himself was marking Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.