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Christians beginning to flee Egypt

May 12, 2011

Fearful for their safety, some Coptic Christians have begun to flee Egypt, according to John Pontifex, spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need.

Offering an overview of recent violence against Christians in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba, Pontifex told Vatican Radio that “there is this great fear and great uncertainty that many people feel about the future for Christianity in an area where all the time there are reports coming through of Christians saying, ‘We want to leave, we do not feel safe here.’”

Only 0.3% of Egypt's 79.1 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics; in all, an estimated 9% of Egyptians are Christian, most of them Coptic Orthodox.


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - May. 12, 2011 9:12 PM ET USA

    Its sad to see what was once a predominantly Christian area still under the cruel sword of the false prophet. They certainly do not "adore the one God" along with us since our God doesn't command us to kill unbelievers.