In this Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 picture, Coptic pilgrims gather around the Mar Girgis Monastery near Luxor, Egypt. The past week, hundreds of thousands of Copts from across the country fl

 

              In this Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 picture, Coptic pilgrims gather around the Mar Girgis Monastery near Luxor, Egypt. The past week, hundreds of thousands of Copts from across the country fl
In this Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 picture, Coptic pilgrims gather around the Mar Girgis Monastery near Luxor, Egypt. The past week, hundreds of thousands of Copts from across the country flocked to the monastery of Mar Girgis, as St. George is known in Arabic, in one of the biggest and most exuberant events of the year for Egypt's Christians. It is also an opportunity for Christians to exult in their identity in an atmosphere away from the daily discrimination — large and small, subtle and blatant — that they say they increasingly face in this nation where the Muslim majority has been growing more conservative for decades. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)