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After 16 years of renovation, one of the oldest churches in Egypt St. Virgin Mary's Church in Cairo has reopened. Many Coptic churches were targeted last year after the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. More details from Fahana Dawoud.

The hanging church owes its nickname to the fact that it rests above a gatehouse of a second century Roman fortress. It's located in a compound close to Cairo's first mosque and one of the oldest Synagogues. Christians account for estimated 10% of Egypt's population and have long been victims of harassment. They support the ousting of the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last year and paid dearly. Scores of churches were destroyed in the unrest that followed. Egypt's current President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has a good relationship with Pope Tawadros II. The president has said he wants Christians and Muslims to be united.