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Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security

Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight securityThe head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt’s new administrative capital on Saturday, a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi. The mass, on the eve of Coptic Christmas which is celebrated on Jan. 7, was the first to be held in the newly-built cathedral and took place amid tight security. Sisi was cheered by worshippers as he entered the building.



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Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop in Egypt

Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop in EgyptA gunman killed at least 11 people on Friday in attacks on a Coptic Orthodox church and a Christian-owned shop near Cairo before he was wounded and arrested, the Egyptian interior ministry and church officials said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a statement carried out by its Amaq news agency, though it provided no evidence for the claim. Police have stepped up security measures around churches ahead of Coptic Christmas celebrations on Jan. 7, deploying officers outside Christian places of worship and setting up metal detectors at some of the bigger churches.



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Christians in shock after deadly attack on Coptic Church in Egypt

Christians in shock after deadly attack on Coptic Church in EgyptBy Mostafa Salem CAIRO (Reuters) – At an hour that Sama’an Farag usually spends leisurely sipping his morning tea, the doorman at the Mar Mina Coptic Church near Cairo found himself springing up to close the doors upon hearing gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets. Inside, dozens of children at Sunday school, held on Friday morning to coincide with Egypt’s weekend, were rushed upstairs out of the range of the gunfire. God forbid if he (gunman) had entered the church – there would have been many more victims,” said churchkeeper Saad Saeed.



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Coptic diocese says hundreds attack church in Egypt

Coptic diocese says hundreds attack church in EgyptCAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators attacked an unlicensed church south of Cairo wounding three people, an Egyptian Coptic Christian diocese said on Saturday, in the latest assault on members of the country's Christian minority.



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AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is enduring a dark chapter in its history with the community increasingly victimized by attacks from Islamic militants, including Friday's attack by gunmen on a bus transporting Copts to a monastery south of Cairo, leaving 29 dead.



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Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders but his message of peace comes as Egypt’s Coptic Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. Below are some facts about Egypt’s Coptic Christians: — The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of oldest in the world.



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