The Coptic cross is widely used in the Coptic church and the Ethiopian and Eretrian churches. Many Copts have the cross tattooed on the inside of their right arm.[3] The Coptic cross in its modern and ancient forms is considered a sign of faith and pride to the Copts [4] The Ethiopians Christians wear it as a symbol of faith.[5]

In 1984, a Coptic Cross was given as a gift by the Coptic Orthodox Church and mounted on the top of the All Africa Conference of Churches building, since the Coptic Church is considered to be the mother church in Africa[6]

Coptic Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt but attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Christians have come further under fire since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3, 2013.

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