If Egyptians in general are frazzled by a year of revolution, the country’s Coptic Christian minority is doubly disturbed. On top of political and economic uncertainty, Egypt’s 8m Copts face existential questions about the future of their ancient community just as political Islam in the country is on the rise.
The colossal outpouring of grief that followed the death on March 17th of Pope Shenouda III, who had headed the church since 1971, reflected not only sadness at the loss of a revered patriarch. It reflected anguish at the state of the Copts, the largest Christian congregation in the Middle East.
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