Heartbroken but the Lord is near.”Egyptian authorities have closed roads around the cathedral as traffic in the area comes to a standstill.

Ambulances have rushed to the scene and Demerdash Hospital, where many of the victims have been taken, has put out an appeal for blood donors.

Al-Mu’izz asked Patriarch Abraham to move the Moqattam Mountain in order to prove the words of the gospel “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain: Remove from hence to yonder place, and it shall remove“ (Matthew 17-20).

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From the north aisle of the 18th-century church, seven steps descend to the lower chapel of the spring.

Here a narrow single aisle, sometimes crowded with pilgrims, is roofed by a barrel vault and lined with blind arcades decorated with colored marble and glazed ceramic from c.1750.

The famous miracle of moving the Moqattam Mountain is closely related to al-Moallaqa.

Al-Mu’izz, a Fatimid khaliph, asked Patriarch Abraham (975-978), the 62nd Patriarch, to prove the truth of a verse in the Bible.

They have known no Middle Ages (in the western sense) and have undergone no Reformations or Counter-Reformations; they have only been affected in an oblique way by the cultural and religious upheaval which transformed western Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Christians in the west, both Roman and Reformed, generally start by asking the same questions, although they may disagree about the answers.

From the 7th century to the 13th century, the Hanging Church served as the residence of the Coptic Patriarch.

Al-Moallaqa has witnessed important elections and religious ceremonies.

The site was owned by the Franciscans and Greek Catholics for some time, but in 1741 the Greek Orthodox community gained permission from Dahir al-Umar to take over the site.

In 1750, the Orthodox community built the present church on the south side of the chapel with the spring. The upper church has a fine wooden iconostasis, with delicate carvings and painted icons.

Gabriel is the Orthodox counterpart to the Catholic Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.