Pope Francis arrives at the Coptic Catholic College of Theology and Humanities in the southern Cairo suburb of Maadi, on April 29, 2017. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Pope Francis is set to lead a mass for Egypt's small Catholic community Saturday as he visits the country in support of its Christians following a series of deadly church bombings.The spiritual leader of the world's 1.3 billion Christians will lead mass for some 30,000 believers in a stadium on the outskirts of Cairo.Christians, who make up around 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million, have long complained of marginalization in the Muslim-majority country.While most of Egypt's Christians are Coptic Orthodox, Roman Catholics have also lived in the country since the fifth century.The 80-year-old pope's visit come 17 years after Pope John Paul II made a trip to the Arab world's most populous nation.
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