APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Christian Pilgrimage

November 16, 2012 - 2:34 PM
In this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 picture, a young Coptic young girl pilgrim gets a tattoo during a ceremony at Mar Girgis Monastery, near Luxor, Egypt. Egypt's Christian minority, about 10 percent of the population of more than 80 million, has long complained of discrimination. But Christians fear things are reaching a crisis point since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago and the subsequent rise to power of Islamists. The Church itself is undergoing a major transition: A new pope, Tawadros II, is to be enthroned in Cairo on Sunday, succeeding Shenouda III, the man who led the Church for 40 years and was revered by Copts as their protector until his death in March. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)