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Egypt’s 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

Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)
Egypt’s Copts attend midnight mass for Christmas
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)