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Copts/Coptic Church

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    Copts/Coptic Church

    Copts are Orthodox Christian followers of the Coptic Church, headed by the pope and the patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, the latter chosen from among three priests nominated by an electoral college formed of leading Coptic priests and laity. They constitute about 7 percent of Egypt's population. The Coptic Church traces its roots back to the apostle Mark , who brought the message of Christ to Egypt, and Egyptians consider the Coptic Church to be the first church outside Palestine founded by Christ's apostles. In the fifth century Egyptian Copts refused to follow the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon ( 451 ) defining the nature of Jesus Christ as “dual,” at once divine and human. Because Egypt was under Roman rule at that time, Copts suffered from severe Roman persecution. When Muslim armies invaded Egypt, they were welcomed by the Egyptian Copts as liberators from Byzantine oppression. Accepted the authority of the Roman pope in the eighteenth century. The Copts' Greek name for themselves, Aigyptos (Westernized as Copt), is the source for Europe's name for Egypt (which is called Misr in Arabic).

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