May 30, 2016

Pastoral Message Concerning Atef Aziz

The Coptic Orthodox hierarchs of North America, including Metropolitan Serapion, have published an important Pastoral Message concerning the heretical movement of Atef Aziz, who has taken shelter within the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America. Please read the statement and exercise caution against this new heresy. Pastoral Message Concerning Atef Aziz

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December 2, 2015

Statement on the San Bernardino Mass Shooting

The Diocese mourns the tragic shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, which took place near several diocesan parishes and homes of the faithful. It is the latest in a seemingly growing chain of gratuitous violence which has engulfed our beloved country.We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Peace, may console every grieving soul affected by this senseless violence and restore peace and order to our society. At the same – …

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June 21, 2015

Statement on the Tragic Shooting at Emmanuel AME Church

The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Serapion, laments the news of the recent tragedy at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopalian (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina in which nine innocent lives were lost. In a message to Bishop Reginald Jackson and all the members of the AME Church, Bishop Serapion wrote,I wish to express on behalf of the Coptic Orthodox Church my heartfelt condolences to you and especially – …

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February 15, 2015

A Statement on the Martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya

His Grace Bishop Serapion, along with the clergy and laity of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, offers prayers, condolences, and sympathy to the families of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya who received the crown of eternal life on February 13, 2015. We pray that the Lord may receive their pure souls in the Paradise of Joy and grant them eternal rest in the company of all of the holy saints who have – …

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August 15, 2013

Statement of Bishop Serapion on the Violence in Egypt (8/14/13)

Updated with Arabic translation — We follow the current events in our beloved Egypt with lifted hearts praying to our beloved God that He has compassion on the beloved people of Egypt and alleviates the distress of terrorism and terrorists’ attacks. We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on innocent people, churches, monasteries, Christian schools and property of Christians. What is happening against innocent Copts is the result of the suffering of Christians for many decades – …

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July 6, 2013

Bishop Serapion Congratulates Egyptian People on the Success of June 30 Revolution

The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, led by His Grace, Bishop Serapion, congratulates the Egyptian people for the historic showing of millions of Egyptian citizens demanding to be heard. It was not a military coup, but rather a popular uprising in which the military implemented the will of the people of Egypt. “Through the admirable youth efforts and peaceful demonstrations, the will of the people has finally been heard,” said Bishop Serapion. “We are – …

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April 27, 2013

Diocese Prays for the Safe Return of Abducted Syrian Metropolitans

LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2013 –The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, led by His Grace, Bishop Serapion, strongly condemns the abduction of Antiochan Orthodox Metropolitan Paul Yazigi and Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan Youhanna Ibrahim, and the killing of their driver, also a deacon, as they were driving through Northern Syria outside of Aleppo on Monday, April 22, 2013. Four days after being abducted, the two prominent Metropolitans remain missing despite reports of their return. Since – …

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April 16, 2013

Diocese Condemns Senseless Attacks at Boston Marathon

LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2013 – The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, led by His Grace, Bishop Serapion, vehemently condemns the attacks that occurred yesterday at the Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more. “It is with profound sadness that we learned of the tragic events in Boston,” said Bishop Serapion. “We strongly condemn any attack on the American people, and wish comfort and healing to all those affected.” Bishop Serapion – …

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April 8, 2013

Bishop Serapion Demands Justice and Peace for Egypt’s Millions of Christians

The official press release of the Diocese concerning the recent attacks of Christians at the Coptic Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, lead by His Grace Bishop Serapion, vehemently condemns the attacks which occurred over the weekend, first in the north of Cairo city of Al-Khosous on Saturday, and later on Sunday, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Coptic Church’s official headquarters, in the Cairo district of Abbasiya, during the funeral of those – …

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November 15, 2012

Press Release Concerning the Unveiling of the Official Photograph of Pope Tawadros II

(November 15, 2012-Los Angeles) — The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii will unveil the official portrait of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II in celebration of his enthronement on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 4:00p.m. at the Coptic Orthodox Christian Center in the City of Orange. After the passing of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, who faithfully served congregants in Egypt and around the world for nearly four decades, the Coptic Church will – …

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September 22, 2012

Diocese Clergy Issues Statement Supporting Bishop Serapion Against False Accusations

On September 20, 2012, the Clergy Synod of the Diocese of Los Angeles convened to discuss the recent disturbing news that His Grace Bishop Serapion was subpoenaed by the Egyptian Attorney General over his alleged involvement in the misguided film, The Innocence of Muslims. The news was particularly disturbing in light of the fact that Bishop Serapion, as well as the locum tenens of the See of St. Mark, His Eminence Metropolitan Bakhomious, made it very clear that – …

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September 13, 2012

Urgent Press Release: Diocese Condemns Inflammatory Film against Islam and Resulting Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — We strongly condemn the brutal murder of the United States ambassador to Libya and three of the embassy employees. In order for peace to reign throughout the world, brutality and hatred must be swiftly condemned and punished. Hope must be brought to desperate places, kindness and mercy must be given a chance. However, hope will not thrive in the midst of hatred and violence. Therefore, those who are responsible for this brutal – …

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