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Egypt - Persecution of Christians has steadily intensified in the past 20 years.


Egypt Overview

Christianity is a minority religion in Egypt. Egyptian Christians are known as Copts and account for about 10% of the

population. Despite the small proportion of Christians within Egypt, Egypt's Christian population is the largest in terms of
absolute numbers in the greater region of the Middle East and North Africa. The history of Christianity in Egypt dates to
the Roman era. Alexandria was an early center of Christianity.
Over 95% of Egyptian Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, an Oriental Orthodox Church. The Coptic Church constitute the largest Christian community in the Middle East and has approximately 4 to 8 million followers in Egypt, in addition to 3 to 4 million abroad, but no one really knows since there has not been a census. 10% is the generally accepted figure, but it may be higher. The actual number may be between 11-13 million according to an article cited in Coptic Christianity in Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church is headed by the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy See of Saint Mark, currently Pope Theodoros II. Affiliated sister churches are located in Armenia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, India, Lebanon and Syria.
Other native Egyptian Christians are adherents of the Coptic Catholic Church, the Coptic Evangelical Church and various Coptic Protestant denominations. Non-native Christian communities are largely found in the urban regions of Alexandria and Cairo, and are members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Maronite Church, the Armenian Catholic Church, the Chaldean Catholic Church, the Syriac Catholic Church, or the Syriac Orthodox Church.
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Capital City Cairo
Largest City Cairo
Main Language(s) Arabic, English, French
Population 83,800,000
Primary Religion Islam (86.67%)
% Evangelicals 0.20%
Persecution Ranking 19
People Groups Unreached 36 out of 42 (85.71%)
Area of Country 997,739 (km sq)