Italian Coptic Christians rally demanding religious freedom

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 9, 2011 18:36

ROME — Several hundred Coptic Christians and others gathered in Rome and Milan on Sunday to demand religious freedom and protection following a New Year's church attack in Egypt that killed 21 worshippers.

Pope Benedict XVI expressed his "closeness" to the Coptic community during his Angelus prayer.

Some 500 people gathered in a downtown Rome piazza, some holding candles, some chanting. Many said they were demonstrating against religious violence not just in Egypt but across the world.


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