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PHOTO GALLERY: Coptic Christmas eve mass at Egypt cathedrals




An Egyptian woman prays during a midnight Mass on the eve of Orthodox Christmas at the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church in the Moqattam neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, late Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 (Photo: AP)

An Egyptian choirboy rests his head during midnight Mass on the eve of Orthodox Christmas at the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church in the Moqattam neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, late Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Army soldiers guard the streets during a Coptic Christmas eve mass at the main cathedral in Cairo January 6, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

An Egyptian priest leads a prayer during midnight Mass on the eve of Orthodox Christmas at the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church in the Moqattam neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, late Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Egyptian Coptic Christians look on as Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark Cathedral, leads the Coptic Christmas Eve Mass, in Cairo January 6, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Coptic Christians attend a Coptic Christmas eve mass led by Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark Cathedral, in Cairo January 6, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Bishop Aclimandos leads Coptic Christmas Eve mass at the Virgin Mary church in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, leads the Coptic Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo January 6, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptians celebrate Christmas Eve mass in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark Cathedral, leads the Coptic Christmas Eve Mass in Cairo January 6, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Coptic Christians attend a Coptic Christmas eve mass led by Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark Cathedral, in Cairo January 6, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)