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The following story illustrates the kind of opposition Christians face in Egypt , where they number about 8 percent of the population.

Reuters Foundation AlertNet

Reuters – A young man stabbed a nun and a man in a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Wednesday, police sources in the city said.

The man shouted “God is great” when he burst into St. George’s Coptic church in the city on Egypt ‘s northern coast.

Some 1,000 Muslims last week held a protest outside the church because they said it had put on a play which was offensive to Islam.

The police arrested the attacker and said the injuries he had caused were not serious.

More than 90 percent of Egypt ‘s 70 million people are Muslim, with Christians the second biggest denomination.