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  • ** FILE ** Pope Tawadros II, 60, sits on the throne of St. Mark, the Coptic Church's founding saint, wearing the papal crown, during an elaborate ceremony lasting nearly four hours and attended by the nation's Muslim prime minister and a host of Cabinet ministers and politicians, in the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Sami Wahib)

    Egypt's new Coptic pope enthroned

    The new pope of Egypt's Orthodox Coptic church was enthroned on Sunday in an elaborate ceremony lasting nearly four hours, attended by the nation's Muslim prime minister and a host of Cabinet ministers and politicians.

  • ** FILE ** In this April 18, 2009, file photo, Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, leads a midnight service to celebrate Christ's resurrection, at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christian Church dies

    Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, died Saturday. He was 88.

  • Egyptian Coptic demonstrators carry Christian crosses and an Egyptian flag during a Copts demonstration that developed into clashes with army soldiers in Cairo on Oct. 9, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Egypt finance minister resigns over Cairo protests

    Egypt's finance minister resigned Tuesday to protest the government's handling of weekend protests that left 26 dead, most of them Coptic Christian demonstrators, an aide to the minister said.

  • A Coptic Egyptian demonstrator sets fire to an army vehicle during clashes with Egyptian army soldiers following a demonstration in Cairo on Oct. 9, 2011. (Associated Press)

    26 killed, 500 injured during rioting in Cairo

    Egypt's Coptic church blasted authorities Monday for allowing repeated attacks on Christians with impunity.

  • ** FILE ** Firemen try to put out a vehicle blaze following a car bombing in front of a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria, Egypt, early on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. The car exploded in front of the church as worshippers emerged from a New Year's Mass in the Mediterranean port city, killing at least seven people, officials said. (AP Photo)

    Christians, police clash after Egypt church bomb

    Christians clashed with Egyptian police in the northern city of Alexandria on Saturday, furious over an apparent suicide bombing against worshippers leaving a New Year's Mass at a church that killed at least 21 people. It was the worst violence against the country's Christian minority in a decade.

  • People walk past a street vendor selling Christmas decorations in downtown Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. Church officials in Iraq say they have canceled some Christmas festivities in two northern cities over fears of insurgent attacks. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Iraqi churches cancel Christmas festivities

    Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al Qaeda insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier.

  • Irini Ibrahim (left) and Rizk Kands are married on Oct. 14, 2008, by Coptic priest Bejemeni Shawki in Alexandria, Egypt. In April, Ibrahim was found murdered in a hotel room she and her husband had reserved after "reconciliation sessions." (Associated Press)

    Egypt church rule absolute to Coptic Christians

    When Irini Ibrahim, a young Coptic Christian woman, floated the idea of divorce from a husband she said was abusing her, her parents immediately opposed it, reminding her of the biblical injunction, "What God has joined together let no man put asunder."

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