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Egypt Copts Mark Christmas Eve After Bloody Year

Coptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt’s newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly targeted by jihadists.

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Hundreds of Muslims said to Attack Coptic Church in Egypt

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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Report: Iran-Backed Militias Persecuting Christians in Iraq

Iran-backed Shia paramilitary forces operating in northern Iraq have been accused by a Kurdish parliamentarian of engaging in “flagrant injustice” toward Christians in the region which until earlier this year was in the grip of ISIS terrorists.

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Displaced Coptic Christians Say Egypt Ignoring Their Plight

Amid growing concern regarding the Islamic State terror group’s increased targeting of Christians in Egypt, displaced Coptic Christians in the country’s northern Sinai claim the Egyptian government is neglecting their plight.

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Pope’s Timely Egypt Visit Comforts Grief-Stricken Middle East Christians

Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country’s tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his support for the Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have increasingly become targeted by Islamic militants.