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Welcome to the Official Website of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii under the auspices and prayers of His Grace Bishop Serapion. Our mission is to “present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Col 1:28) by reflecting the light of Christ and the Orthodox Christian faith in the world.

 

I. An Historical Session The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, under the auspices of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, agreed on new regulations for electing the Pope, who is the Patriarch of the See of St. Mark the Apostle, the Archbishop of Alexandria, and the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church worldwide. In a special session that lasted seven hours, the Holy Synod voted on the following regulations which were presented by the Committee for Nominations. Each member of the Holy Synod voted on each of the 36 articles found in the new regulations. These 36 articles are organized into 6 chapters: Chapter I contains Articles 1 and 2, which are basic articles. It also deals with the declaration of the vacancy of the Patriarchal See in Articles 3-5. Chapter II deals with the formation and competence of a Special Committee to nominate the Pope as represented in Articles 6-7. Chapter III deals with issues related to the nomination of the Pope as represented in Articles 8-12. Chapter IV deals with the registratio …

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