A redundant Roman Catholic church building in New York is set to be brought back to life by a congregation of Coptic Christians.
Our Lady Of Peace, on the Upper East Side, was effectively closed in 2015. IThe existing congregation was merged with a nearby parish and, although some worshippers petitioned to keep the building open as a Roman Catholic church, it will host Coptic services from this Sunday.
Copts are the largest Christian minority in the Midde East and are mainly based I Egypt. They are vulnerable to persecution there and recent years have seen many violent attacks.
There are already Coptic churches in New York, but with a significant Egyptian population in the city, the new congregation will meet from this week.
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SOURCE: Christian Today