Attack on Christian Visitors to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II released the following message concerning today's attack on Christian visitors to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, Minya, Egypt

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

On this day we have suffered for this attack which resulted in the death of many of our children, martyrs and wounded, as they were on their way to the monastery of the great Saint Samuel the confessor, in the wilderness of Qalamon. We suffer greatly because of such incidents, yet we still bid them farewell on the hope of the resurrection and we know that God the Pantocrator sees all things and governs everything in our lives. My condolences to all the families of the martyrs and the wounded, and on behalf of the Church and all Her organizations, we send our condolences, and are consoled with them, and pray that God may fill our hearts with heavenly comfort. 

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Statement from the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem on Recent Incidents at the Coptic Monastery of Deir Al-Sultan

The following is a statement issued by His Eminence Metropolitan Antonious from the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem

Due to the recent inaccurate news on the subject of the Coptic Deir El-Sultan, we, The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem, decided to issue an official statement to document the incidents historically in an effort to avoid any interpretations related to the recent incidents and clarify the whole matter from its source without exaggeration. 

A Brief History:
The Coptic Monastery of the Sultan in Jerusalem dates back to the reign of Sultan Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan (684-705 AD), who gave it to the Copts and therefore it was named Deir El-Sultan (i.e. Monastery of the Sultan). The Coptic Orthodox Church’s ownership of Deir El-Sultan was confirmed during the reign of Sultan Salah ad-Din in the twelfth century.

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Statement on the Al-Rawda Attack

The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, headed by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, condemns the brutal terrorist attack that took place on Friday afternoon at the Al-Rawda mosque in Arish.

We regretfully mourn the loss of the martyrs of our nation and our hearts go out to the families of those who are victims of this despicable tragedy while praying for a swift recovery to those who have been injured.

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Ordination of Deacon David

With great joy, the Diocese announces the ordination of David Zeitoune as a full Deacon.

His Grace Bishop Missael officiated the ordination on Sunday 1st October 2017 at the Coptic Centre.

We congratulate His Grace and the congregations in Birmingham and we pray that the Lord may bless and give fruit to  the service of Deacon David.

We thank His Grace Bishop Missael and ask the Lord to preserve him in peace for many years, continuing to grow the diocese with the appointment of new servants. 

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Statement Regarding The Bombings at the Church of St. George in Tanta and the Cathedral of St. Mark in Alexandria

The Pariarchate has issued the following statement:

With great pride, the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, the Church of Martyrs, bade her sons farewell, who were martyred today Sunday April 9, 2017, during the liturgy of Palm Sunday. They were carrying the palm leaves, praying and celebrating the commemoration of the entry of Christ, the King of Peace, to the city of Jerusalem, carrying the message of peace, promising the love and peace to all human beings.

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