In this Jan. 6, 2018 file photo, a priest leads prayers prior to Christmas Eve Mass at the Virgin Mary church, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
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An Egyptian court Wednesday confirmed death sentences for two monks over the 2018 murder of a bishop, after the country's Mufti issued an opinion approving the punishment, a court official said.Prosecutors said one of the monks, Isaiah, confessed to striking the cleric with a metal bar as the second monk, Philotheos, kept watch.The authorities blamed the killing on unspecified "differences" between the bishop and the two monks, one of whom was later defrocked.In the wake of the bishop's killing, Egypt's Coptic Church placed a one-year moratorium on accepting new monks.
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