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Coptic Pope Tawadros II, center, prepares communion bread during Christmas Eve Mass at Cairo s St. Mark s Cathedral, seat of the Coptic Orthodox pope, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday Jan. 6, 2014. Millions of Egyptian Christians on Monday thronged churches across the mainly Muslim nation for Christmas Mass, held amid unusually tight security but with congregations filled with hope ahead of a key vote this month on constitutional amendments that enshrine equality and criminalize all types of discrimination. Photo by Mohammed Bendari