Egypt's Coptic Christians Live In Fear05:25
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The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians, Pope Tawadros II (c), leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)
The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians, Pope Tawadros II (c), leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo late on January 6, 2013. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

After the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was ousted in July many Coptic Christian churches were destroyed and have not yet been rebuilt.

So this holiday season is a troubled one for Coptics there.

The BBC's Orla Guerin reports that some Coptics feel this Christmas (the Coptics celebrate it on January 7 ) is a time not to celebrate, but to mourn.

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This segment aired on December 24, 2013.

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