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For Christians in Egypt, after decades of persecution “things are getting better”

Despite the ongoing threat of extremist attacks in Egypt, the situation is improving for the country’s Christians according to a leading bishop.

Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, expressed his hopes for Egypt’s Christians.

He said: “We thank God that the situation is getting better. The president [el-Sisi] has goodwill towards the Christians. He is a president for all Egyptians.”

But the threat of extremist attacks continues, with Islamists wanting to make Christians fearful of their place in Egyptian society.

He said: “Attacks happen from time-to-time perpetrated by Islamists. The goal is not only to attack Christians but also the Egyptian government.”

“They want to say to Christians, ‘the government cannot protect you. You should leave Egypt.

“They would like to establish an Islamic State but in Egypt it will never materialize. Egyptians are close – Christians and Muslims are too united for the extremists to cause problems.”

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