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A Coptic pilgrim prays during a ceremony this month at Mar Girgis Monastery, near Luxor, Egypt. Egypt’s Christian minority, about 10 percent of the population of more than 80 million, has long complained of discrimination, but Christians fear things are reaching a crisis point since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and the subsequent rise to power of Islamists. (Associated Press)

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