In this Tuesday, April 16, 2013 photo, a detail of layers of frescos dating back to the thirteenth century, and before, at the ancient monastery of St. Anthony southeast of Cairo, Egypt

 

              In this Tuesday, April 16, 2013 photo, a detail of layers of frescos dating back to the thirteenth century, and before, at the ancient monastery of St. Anthony southeast of Cairo, Egypt
In this Tuesday, April 16, 2013 photo, a detail of layers of frescos dating back to the thirteenth century, and before, at the ancient monastery of St. Anthony southeast of Cairo, Egypt. In a cave high in the desert mountains of eastern Egypt, the man said to be the father of monasticism took refuge from the temptations of the world some 17 centuries ago. The monks at the St. Anthony’s Monastery bearing his name continue the ascetic tradition. But even they are not untouched by the turbulent times facing Egypt’s Christians, defiantly vowing their community’s voice won’t be silenced amid Islamists’ rising power. (AP Photo/Manoocher Deghati)
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