RELIGION

Egypt's Coptic Pope warns of increased attacks on Christians

The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church is warning of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced."

In a Monday meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians — nearly an incident a month. He describes the situation as "very painful."

Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt's population.

Last week, a Muslim mob stabbed a Christian to death over a personal feud. Days earlier, in two separate incidents, mobs attacked and torched houses of Christians over a rumor that they intended to turn buildings into churches. In May, a Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her on the street following a rumor that her son had an affair with a Muslim woman.