Egypts Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas

Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities
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Newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, (C) Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, (L) Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, (C) Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, (C) Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, (R) Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Ethiopian Christian orthodox women attend Christmas midnight mass led by newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Ethiopian Christian orthodox women attend Christmas midnight mass led by newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptian Coptic Christian women attend Christmas midnight mass led by newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptian Coptic Christian men attend Christmas midnight mass led by newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Newly elected leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian, Pope Tawadros II, Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. Copts of Egypt celebrate their first Christmas since the country has been ruled by Islamists in a climate of concern despite assurances from the authorities. (AFP/Getty Images)