Egypt's Regime Orders Church Restoration

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Some Egyptian Muslims are helping Christians rebuild a church building attacked by radical Islamists earlier this month.

Militants set St. Mary's Church on fire May 7 in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba. The building was heavily damaged by the fire and the entire ground floor was left in ruin.

The church restoration was ordered by Egypt's military government. The work is expected to be completed in about three weeks.

Muslim craftsmen are helping to restore burned icons and paintings in the church to their original condition.

Many of Egypt's Christians, who make up only 10 percent of the country's population, currently fear further attacks. However, Egypt's ruling military council has vowed to protect Christians by increasing security around churches.

Critics fear the military rulers will struggle to ease interfaith relations. They wonder if the regime will be able to keep the peace without resorting to violent tactics that former President Hosni Mubarak used.

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