Coptic Christians Have Deep Roots in the Early Church

Coptic Christians in Egypt trace their history back to the evangelistic work of the evangelist Mark, who made converts in Alexandria. The Coptics are native Egyptians who speak Arabic while also preserving their ancient language. They broke off from the rest of the church in the 5th century, although there is a Coptic Catholic Church in communion with Rome. During the rise of Islam, many Coptics converted due to taxation and persecution, leaving today’s Coptic population at approximately 10% in Egypt

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Coptic Christians in Egypt face persecution and uncertainty in the midst of attacks, but they remain largely misunderstood by the western church.

  • Deep Roots: Coptic Christians in Egypt trace their faith back to the early apostles and desert fathers, producing some of the leading theologians of the early church.
  • Common Connections:Coptics speak Arabic and have lived alongside Muslims for years, showing the western church how to move forward in dialogue with Muslims.
  • Persecution for Centuries: Coptics have been persecuted for centuries and are in need of support and prayers at this time.

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