The Copts are the native people of Egypt. With their ancestral links dating as far back as the Pharaonic era, the Copts are renowned for being a major ethno religious community meaning they are not only one ethnic makeup but also share a common religion. A majority of Copts adhere to the beliefs of the Coptic Orthodox Church, one of the world’s oldest Christian denominations which began after the arrival of St Mark the Apostle in the first half of the first century AD. Copts do however also belong to the congregations of several other Christian congregations, including the Coptic Catholic, Maronite, Pentecostal, Evangelicals and Anglican Churches.
The Copts make up the largest minority group in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). Whether from an ethnic or religious perspective, the Copts have been subject to persecution since the Arab invasion into Egypt around 600AD – 700AD.
As a result of the direct persecution, destitution and discrimination against the Coptic population in Egypt, Copts have emigrated from Egypt and settled in countries all over the world, with a diaspora now existent in more than 50 countries and over 700 cities.
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