Amid new attacks, Egypt’s Copts preserve heritage

In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2013 photo, Father Boutros gives the homily to his parishioners at a church burnt by radical Islamists on Aug. 14 in the town of Abanoub, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Cairot. In a show of resilience, some have held Masses and weddings in churches that have been left blackened shells without doors or windows, with only a makeshift altar. Still, priests say, some regular worshippers have stayed away, too hurt to return and see the condition of the churches where they lived out milestones like weddings, baptisms and funerals. Photo: Manu Brabo, AP

  By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press 17/10/13 THE RED MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — Locked inside a 6th century church in a desert monastery are some of the jewels of early Christianity — ancient murals in vivid pinks, greens and reds depicting saints, angels and the Virgin Mary with a baby Jesus, hidden for centuries under a blanket of ...