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The Copts - Preserving a Rich Christian Heritage

By January 25, 2013

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The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the earliest branches of Christianity, originating in Alexandria, Egypt. Coptic Christians assign John Mark, author of the Gospel of Mark, as founder of their religion.

Coptic Orthodox Church

Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, called the Hanging Church, is one of the oldest, most famous Coptic churches in existence today. Located in Old Cairo, it dates back to the third century.

Copts have survived a major schism, persecution, and the inflow of Islam to remain a strong, vital branch of Christianity. Learn the beliefs and history of Coptic Christianity and how it spread from Egypt to the entire world.

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