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After ISIS Killing, Coptic Christians Respond With Faith, Prayer And #CopticLivesMatter

February 16, 2015

[International Business Times – –  by Zoe Mintz]

Coptic Christians in the diaspora are reeling after the Islamic State group released a video showing the murder by beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya. On social media, the hashtag #CopticLivesMatter, patterned after #MuslimLivesMatter following the killing of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has arisen to condemn the attacks. Some churches are hosting prayer services for the victims, whom they call martyrs, while other faith leaders have expressed concern over future attacks directed at their people.

“Generally speaking, our community is horrified, but responding with great faith,” a Coptic priest from the Diocese of Los Angeles told International Business Times in an email.

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