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Persecution of Christians on the rise, says charity

The number of Christians being persecuted globally has risen over the last four years, according to a charity.
Figures from Open Doors show that each month 322 Christians are persecuted, 214 churches and religious buildings are destroyed, and there are 772 acts of violence.

At least 44 people were killed in the twin church bombings of Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday.

At the UK headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, security has been tightened this weekend.

Bishop Angaelos, the most senior member of the UK church, says there is no specific threat and the extra measures are to reassure his congregation.

He emphasised people were not fearful.

He said: "I've heard lots of words. I've heard concern, I've heard anxious, I've even heard angry but I haven't heard the word fearful from anyone - I don't think it's part of our DNA.

"We are peaceful, we are loving, we are sacrificial, we are forgiving, and yet we still remain a target and I suppose it's just a cross we continue to carry."

Amir Michaeel is a Coptic Christian and like many others he struggles to understand why his faith is such a target overseas.
"In a way it can be like, because we are not retaliating, we are a weaker target and we are easy prey," he said.

"But at the same time I feel like there is something profoundly difficult about attacking someone who is not retaliating.

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