In 2013, Christians were harassed either by the government or social groups in 102 of 198 countries included in a Pew Research Center study, the highest tally for any religious group. An earlier study by other researchers reported a 309 percent jump in attacks on Christians in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
In Part One of a series, John L. Allen Jr. examines persecution in Egypt, long a mostly peaceful home to one of the largest and most ancient Christian communities in the region. Today, the mob sets the tone.
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