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Pope Shenouda to lead tonight's Christmas mass amidst tight security

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    http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/3328.aspx Pope Shenouda to lead tonight s Christmas mass amidst tight security Ahram Online, Thursday 6 Jan 2011 In a show of
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      Pope Shenouda to lead tonight's Christmas mass amidst tight security


      Ahram Online, Thursday 6 Jan 2011


      In a show of solidarity, large numbers of Muslims are expected to turn out
      in churches across the country for tonight's high-security Coptic Christmas
      mass

      Egypt's Patriarch Pope Shenouda III will lead the Christmas mass at the
      Coptic Orthodox Patriarchy's Abbassiya Cathedral tonight amidst tight
      security.

      For the first time, church goers will have to walk a long distance to reach
      the church, as the usually-packed parking lot of the patriarchal
      headquarters will be closed to vehicles.

      It is expected that large numbers of Muslims will also show up for tonight's
      mass as part of what has been a widespread show of unity and solidarity.
      Prominent figures including politicians, ministers and ambassadors will also
      be attending mass in a unified and symbolic gesture of condemnation against
      the suicide attack that took place at Saints Church in Alexandria last
      Saturday claiming 21 lives.

      Tonight's mass will start at 10 PM and continue into the early hours of
      Friday. The mass will be aired by the Egyptian television on both the
      Egyptian satellite channel and the local Channel Two. It will also air on
      the Coptic Orthodox Church's CTV and Aghapi.




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