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The general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church reflects on the recent Islamist attacks that killed at least 29 Coptic Christians in Egypt, and scores more in England and the Philippines.
‘Innocent women and children who decided to worship their God in their spiritual home had their lives needlessly and senselessly ended without warning.’
The Coptic Orthodox Church proclaimed the 21 men to be martyrs.
Although Copts — Egypt’s ethnic Christian group — have been bullied under previous regimes, the persecution there has recently become more personal, said a Middle-East specialist on religious freedom.