Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians? – CNN

(CNN)An ISIS-claimed attack on one of the holiest days in the Christian faith is drawing the world’s attention to Egypt’s Coptic community, a religious minority long targeted for violence.

    Coptic Christians in Cairo pray for the victims of EgyptAir Flight 804 crash in May 2016.Coptic Christians in Cairo pray for the victims of EgyptAir Flight 804 crash in May 2016.
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    Blood stains the wall in the courtyard at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of Abbassia on December 11, 2016, in Cairo.Blood stains the wall in the courtyard at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of Abbassia on December 11, 2016, in Cairo.
    President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi casts his vote during parliamentary elections in Cairo on November 22, 2015.President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi casts his vote during parliamentary elections in Cairo on November 22, 2015.
    Pope Francis, right, welcomes Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt Pope Tawadros II at the Vatican on May 10, 2013.Pope Francis, right, welcomes Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt Pope Tawadros II at the Vatican on May 10, 2013.

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