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Funeral Attacked at Egypt's Biggest Church as Religious Violence Kills Six Copts

(UPDATED) President Morsi to Pope Tawadros: 'I consider any aggression against the cathedral an aggression against me personally.'

Update (April 9): Associated Press reports that Pope Tawadros II, the leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, has blasted president Mohamed Morsi for failing to protect Coptic Christians after an attack on St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo.

According to AP, Pope Tawadros II said "Morsi had promised him in a telephone conversation to do everything to protect the cathedral, ‘but in reality he [Morsi] did not. …We want action not words and, let me say this, there are many names and committees but there is no action on the ground.'"

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Update (April 8): CT's Cairo correspondent offers a thorough roundup at Arab West Report.

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A riot during a funeral for four Coptic Christians has ignited sectarian tensions in Cairo once again. A clash that killed four Christians in a northern suburb simmered over into the funeral at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the capital city, killing two people and injuring at least 90.

The weekend, which left six people dead in three days, marks the worst violence ...

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