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Coptic Orthodox leader distances himself from demonstrations in US

August 08, 2016

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros has expressed concern that demonstrations in the US against anti-Christian violence in Egypt could have a negative effect.

The demonstrations, organized by Copts living in the US, could "cause serious damage to Egypt," the Coptic prelate argued, suggesting that the publicity surrounding events such as a White House sit-in might spark tensions between Egyptian officials and the country's Christian minority. 

"We, in Egypt, know how to address our problems," Pope Tawadros said. He suggested that Egyptians who left the country several years ago should heed the pleas of those still living there. 

 
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