Egypt's Pope denounces use of force against Coptic protesters
Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Archbishopric Saint Marcus
Photographed by Fouad Elgarnousy
Head of the Egyptian Coptic Church Pope Shenouda III on Wednesday denounced the use of force against Coptic Christian protesters.

The statement followed Wednesday's clashes with security over a decision to stop construction on a Giza church. Authorities claim the church lacked the required permits.

The violence left one Copt dead and scores injured.

"God gives authority to some people so they can give comfort to those under their rule, but authority should not be violently exercised," Shenouda said in his weekly address.

Egypt's general prosecutor vowed to punish those involved in the unrest.