Coptic Christians Have High Hopes for New Egyptian Leadership

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An Egyptian Coptic Christian translates into sign language during Christmas midnight mass at Abassiya Cathedral in Cairo on January 6, 2011.
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Copts are native Egyptian Christians who make up about 10 percent of the Egyptian population. Their history in the country is deep, and as a religious minority, Copts have experienced discrimination and sometimes persecution under Mubarak. However, amidst the current unrest, Copts fear that an unstable government might give way for to powers even more unkind to Christians.

We talk with Father Armia Toufiles, a priest with the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church of Brooklyn about what he’s seeing and hearing in his congregation and the community back home in Egypt.