CAIRO — A young woman with a kerchief on her head lit a candle and
prayed Sunday beneath a mosaic of Mary and Jesus at a packed Mass at St.
Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church. Then she picked up a leaflet next to the
candle rack from an organization called Shahid, or Witness. It listed
emergency phone numbers, e-mail addresses, Facebook and Twitter
information should trouble arise at voting stations during parliamentary
elections this week.
For those attending Mass at St. Mark’s, in the upper-class district of Maadi in Cairo, the elections represent the beginning of a democratic Egypt but also instill fear of a party coming to power that favors Islamic law.
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