Mideast Egypt Christians in peril

  • Coptics Priests and Monks purify with incense the holy cave during a procession within Al-Mahraq monastery, Egypt. Islamists have stepped up a hate campaign against the area's Christians. Blaming the broader Coptic community for the July 3 coup that removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
  • A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi paints graffiti on the wall of a Coptic Church in Assiut. Arabic graffiti reads, "Boycott the Christian dogs." (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
  • A Coptic Christian monk holds a Coptic cross at Al-Mahraq monastery during the preparation of a religious festival in Assiut. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
  • Coptic Christian men show their religious tattoos at Al-Mahraq monastery in Assiut. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
  • An Egyptian man walks in front of a pharmacy marked with anti-Coptic and anti-coup graffiti in Assiut. Arabic grafitti reads, "No to the coup and yes to legitimacy." (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
  • Egyptian men chants slogans against the Army during a rally in Assiut. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
  • An Egyptian Coptic Christian woman prays in a church within Al-Mahraq Monastery in Assiut. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
  • Jesus and Apostles decorate the altarpiece in Al-Mahraq monastery in Assiut. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)