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The Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for an ambush on buses carrying Coptic Christians Nov. 2.
The Coptic Orthodox community in Egypt is reeling from the recent murder of the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery, apparently by traditionalists of his own faith, in the fourth-century center of meditation and scholarship 60 miles northwest of Cairo.
As a little boy in Sunday school, Bassem Al-Janoubie was fascinated by the illustrated stories about the martyrs of Egypt’s Coptic Church.
After two suicide bombings that killed 45 people at Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday, Egyptian Christians are mourning instead of celebrating the coming Easter holiday.