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Egypt Pope orders first post-revolution count of Christian population

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      Egypt Pope orders first post-revolution count of Christian population

      A census to be conducted by the Coptic church will be its first to tally
      Christians from all denominations in Egypt to counter official attempts
      at under-counting Egypt's largest religious minority
      Nada Hussein Rashwan, Monday 31 Oct 2011

      Egypt’s Pope Shenouda III has ordered a census of the country’s entire
      Christian population to be conducted through committees accountable to
      the Church.

      Information forms will be distributed and collected by dioceses across
      the country and submitted to provincial bishoprics. Results will then be
      compiled and submitted directly to the Pope.

      The Church’s census will for the first time include all the Christian
      denominations in Egypt, not just the Coptic Orthodox, which constitutes
      the largest Christian denomination in Egypt.

      It will also be the first in post-revolution Egypt. Prior to the
      uprising, there were significant differences between government
      estimates of the Coptic population and those of the Church.

      An unofficial census, conducted by a number of Christian organisations
      in cooperation with the Church, published figures on Sunday showing the
      entire Christian population of Egypt neared 17 million, around 20 per
      cent of the population.

      The latest government estimates of the Egyptian Christian population
      stated they made up around 4 per cent (around 3.3 million) of the total
      population of around 83 million. This figure was refuted by Pope
      Shenouda III in 2008, who said the Coptic Orthodox population on its own
      made up around 12 million.

      In 2009, a US report stated that religious minorities in Egypt made up
      around 5% of the total population. The report was accepted by the
      Vatican but rejected by the Egyptian Church.
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