“We need action not only words,” Pope Tawadros II, leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, told the private ONTV channel this week.

The words came from President Mohammed Morsi, who telephoned Tawadros after Sunday’s attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral, where two people were killed by a mob. Morsi denounced the violence and promised an investigation.

The action? “There is no action on the ground,” Tawadros said. The president had “promised to do everything to protect the cathedral but in reality we don’t see this.”