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As political tumult sheds blood on the streets of Cairo, the Christian minority in Egypt continues to face intense and mounting persecution. In the wake of the protests, this violence has good largely unnoticed by the world.

15 Christians were murdered this week outside Al-Minya, about 150 miles south of Cairo. Twenty-three Christians were murdered and 70 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Coptic Christian Church at a New Year’s Eve mass in Alexandria. Archbishop Raweis, the top Coptic cleric in Alexandria, denounced what he called a lack of protection. Christians across the country fear for their lives.

With no police available because of the protests in the major cities, Christians in outlining areas are particularly vulnerable to radical Islamic insurgents, bent on purging the nation of Christians. Robberies, rape, looting, and car theft are occurring routinely against Christians. Egypt’s constitution guarantees Christians freedom to practice their faith but persecution is now rampant, particularly in the shadow of the governmental crisis.

“God we pray for Christians in Egypt. There is an ancient tradition of Christian faith in this great nation.  Secure their safety. Strengthen their hope and courage. Preserve them from fear and division. Give them wisdom to make wise decision for their safety. Confuse and distract those driven by hate. Settle Eqypt. In Jesus’ name…”

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