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Egypt’s pope urges Copts to ‘not be afraid’.

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s pope urged his congregants to be joyful and “not be afraid” in his Mass for Coptic Christmas, trying to reassure a community feeling anxious about the rise of Islamists to power here.

Pope Tawadros II also prayed for peace and stability for Egypt when he led his first Christmas Midnight Mass late Sunday night. He asked God to guide Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his government to lead “wisely.”

Tawadros was elected in November to replace longtime Pope Shenouda III, who died in March after 40 years as leader of the ancient…

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