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Egyptian painter helps transform isle Coptic church

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Egyptian artist Sawsan Salib works on a scaffold high above the altar painting an expansive mural at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Hono­lulu in Alewa Heights.
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A detail of the mural that St. Mark’s Deacon Wagdy Guirguis predicts will be a showpiece that’s “most unique in the entire Coptic Church worldwide.”
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Salib prepares to apply a piece of 24K gold leaf to the mural.