The pope spoke to the congregation about empathizing, living, and defending faith.

The pope of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church visited Henrietta Monday.

St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church hosted Pope Tawadros II. He is the 118th Coptic pope and is based in Cairo, Egypt.

Coptic Christians are a religious minority in Egypt, and several have left the country because of religious persecution.

The St. Mark's Coptic community in Henrietta is comprised of roughly 90 families. There are over a 100 Coptic Orthodox churches in the U.S.

On Monday, the pope spoke to the congregation about empathizing, living, and defending faith.