Coptic Christians murdered by ISIS hailed as martyrs

February 22, 2015 2:03 PM

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Coptic Christians murdered by ISIS hailed as martyrs

In the wake of the mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians perpetrated by the Islamic State, the Coptic Church has declared the deceased as martyrs, and has set a commemorative day in the Church calendar to honor them.

Pope Tarwadros II, the Coptic Pope in Alexandria, announced that the names of the 21 murdered Copts will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxium, an honor similar to a canonization.

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