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Foreign missionaries are allowed in the country only if they restrict their activities to social improvements and refrain from proselytizing.
Copts complain that disputes between Christians and Muslims are often put before “reconciliation councils”, and that these councils invariably favour Muslims.
of the population of Egypt — the largest religious minority of that country.
While Copts have cited instances of persecution throughout their history, Human Rights Watch has noted "growing religious intolerance" and sectarian violence against Coptic Christians in recent years, and a failure by the Egyptian government to effectively investigate properly and prosecute those responsible.
This event became a watershed in the history of Egyptian Christianity, marking the beginning of a distinct Egyptian or Coptic Church. By the end of the 4th century, it is estimated that the mass of the Egyptians had either embraced Christianity or were nominally Christian. D., following the Council of Chalcedon, the Church of Alexandria was divided into two branches.
It became known as the 'Era of Martyrs' and is commemorated in the Coptic calendar in which dating of the years began with the start of Diocletian's reign. Those who accepted the terms of the Council became known as Chalcedonians or Melkites.
By the mid-third century, a sizable number of Egyptians were persecuted by the Romans on account of having adopted the new Christian faith, beginning with the Edict of Decius.
Christianity was tolerated in the Roman Empire until AD 284, when the Emperor Diocletian persecuted and put to death a great number of Christian Egyptians.
Their patience, hope, and love continue to stand as an example for the global Church," he added.
Hundreds of Egyptian copts have been killed in sectarian clashes from 2011 to 2017, and many homes and businesses destroyed.
In just one province (Minya), 77 cases of sectarian attacks on Copts between 20 have been documented by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. Mark's arrival in Alexandria, a fragment of New Testament writings appeared in Oxyrhynchus (Bahnasa), which suggests that Christianity already began to spread south of Alexandria at an early date.
The 21 Copts are being remembered as the "martyrs of Libya," because they were killed specifically for their Christian faith.
Last year they were officially registered in the book of martyrs by Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II.
Bishop Amba Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church, said at a service last year that one "profound gift" of the tragedy is that it brought people together."These men paid the ultimate price, but gave us a cause to advocate for all those persecuted; they also showed us that there was a level of evil that we must all stand in solidarity against, and a level of courage, faithfulness and defiance that we must all aspire to," Angelos said about the Copts.