Mohamed Morsi

Egypt's Coptic Pope warns of increased attacks on Christians

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

In a 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."

He told lawmakers that preserving national unity is "our responsibility in front of the world, future generations, history and in front of God." His remarks were published on his personal website.

The Pope's website also quoted lawmaker Saad el-Gammal as saying that parliament is currently drafting a new...