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Egypt's Christians celebrate Christmas amid fears

 Egyptian armed forces Chief of Staff Sami Anan, second left, and other high-ranking military officials attend Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope ...
 Mohamed Morsi, left, of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian presidential hopeful Amr Moussa, right, talk before Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic...
 Women attend Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope Shenouda III at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. This is the first Chr...
 Women attend Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope Shenouda III at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. This is the first Chr...
 Women attend Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope Shenouda III at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. This is the first Chr...
 Members of the choir bow in prayer during Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope Shenouda III at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6...
 Coptic Pope Shenouda III leads Christmas Eve Mass at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. This is the first Christmas since Eg...

Mideast Egypt Christmas

Egyptian armed forces Chief of Staff Sami Anan, second left, and other high-ranking military officials attend Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope ...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Christmas

Mohamed Morsi, left, of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian presidential hopeful Amr Moussa, right, talk before Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic...

Mideast Egypt Christmas

Women attend Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope Shenouda III at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. This is the first Chr...

Mideast Egypt Christmas

Women attend Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope Shenouda III at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. This is the first Chr...

Mideast Egypt Christmas

Women attend Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope Shenouda III at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. This is the first Chr...

Mideast Egypt Christmas

Members of the choir bow in prayer during Christmas Eve mass, led by Coptic Pope Shenouda III at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6...

Mideast Egypt Christmas

Coptic Pope Shenouda III leads Christmas Eve Mass at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. This is the first Christmas since Eg...

Egypt's Christians are celebrating their first Christmas after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak amid tight security and a display of national unity to allay fears of growing powers of Islamists.
The celebrations of Orthodox Christmas, which Egypt's Coptic Christians mark on Saturday, follow escalated violence against the country's minority in the wake of the protests that forced Mubarak out of office.
Christians, who make up 10 percent of Egypt's 85 million people, blame much of the violence on increasingly bold radical Islamists. A bloody crackdown by the country's military rulers on a Coptic march in October has also sparked outrage.
At church services late Friday broadcast on state television, Coptic Pope Shenouda III commended Islamist leaders, who attended in a bid to assuage Christian concerns.


Updated : 2021-04-22 20:18 GMT+08:00