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Egypt And US Christians Declare ISIS Victims ‘Martyrs’

And in Egypt, where some 95 percent of Christians are Coptic Orthodox, evangelical publishers have distributed over a million tracts in the wake of the event. The Bible Society of Egypt has seen the national wave of sympathy for Christians as an opportunity to spread the Gospel, according to Christianity Today.

In an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, the U.K.’s Bishop Angaelos pointed out that the victims “were dehumanized by their oppressors, and used as an object to make a point.” While touched by the “immense amount of concern” he had received for his slain brethren, he said he was “very wary of them being used to make a political point” by those unfamiliar with the Copts and their church.

Angaelos also told TheDCNF that Pope Tawadros’ announcement would be confirmed at the next meeting of the church’s Holy Synod, a gathering of bishops, at which time the 21 men would officially be recognized as saints.

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