Dec. 25 - Coptic Christians in Libya, many of whom fled during the war, now speak of the love between their Libyan brothers. Deborah Lutterbeck reports
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A new era for Coptic Christians in Libya.
Many had fled when the war started, fearing violence and attacks.
Now they have come home.
Bishop Timotheus Bishara has faith in the future.
(SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) BISHOP, TIMOTHEUS BISHARA, SAYING:
"Since August, I mean after the revolution, thank God there has been no change. The relationship with our Libyan brothers remains one of love, dialogue and of course forgiveness. There has been no change, and we have no fear of Islam or any other movement."
There are an estimated 10,000 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. More than half are believed to have fled during the war to end Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule.
They are hoping for better times ahead
(SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) IMAD IBRAHIM, SAYING:
"Libyan people are kind and very good to us, and the church is about love and peace among us, among Libyans in general."
The Arab Spring and the resurgence of Islamic parties particularly in Tunisia and Egypt has raised fears among Christian minorities across the Middle East.
In Egypt there have been violent clashes and attacks on Copts since the ouster of former-president Hosni Mubarak.
Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters
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