There was no mention of churches torched or Christians killed, but the prayer neatly written on a tiny piece of paper and placed atop an icon of St. George in the chapel of a desert monastery left no doubt about the growing fear and despair of Egypt’s Coptic Christians. ‘‘Oh Lord, for the sake of all the saints of the church, raise high the banner of the cross and vanquish our enemies, the enemies of the church,’’ it read. ‘‘Make our enemies realize their weakness, foil their actions against us, bring joy to our hearts, increase our profit and make us victorious.’’
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