October 24, 2018

Statements on the Recent Events at Deir El-Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem

In the aftermath of the recent events affecting the Coptic Orthodox Monastery known as Deir El-Sultan in Jerusalem, His Eminence Metropolitan Antonious of the Holy See of Jerusalem has issued a statement outlining a history of the recent events and injustice at this site: A Statement Regarding Deir El-SultanDownload The Coptic Orthodox Bishops of North America also issued a statement addressing the same events in English and Arabic: Statement regarding that attack on Al Sultan – …

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October 22, 2018

Announcement Concerning Fr. Makary Younan’s Visit

His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion has issued an announcement to all of the clergy and laity of the Diocese concerning the upcoming visit of Fr. Makary Younan.  Announcement 10-22-18 (English)Download Announcement 10-22-18 (Arabic)Download

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May 3, 2018

Declaration of the Bishops of North America

We, the bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church of North America, in our semi-annual meeting in Mississauga, April 23-26, 2018, with His Grace Bishop Suriel of Melbourne and His Grace Bishop Angaelos of London, have observed and studied the phenomenon of the spread of many incorrect doctrines regarding the understanding of the Holy Bible and its interpretation, the concepts of salvation and redemption, the Holy Trinity, the importance of adhering to the doctrines of the – …

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December 23, 2017

On the Recent Attack on a Coptic Church in Atfih (South Cairo)

Official statement of Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Atfih Today, the church of El Amir Tadros (St. Theodore), which is located in the Kafer Al-Wasleen village, city of Atfih, has been attacked by hundreds of people who gathered in front of the building after Friday’s services, yelling offensive words and demanding that the church be demolished. They attacked the church and destroyed its contents after beating the Christians who were inside. Security forces arrived on scene, – …

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October 25, 2017

Statement from Metropolitan Antonious on Recent Incidents at the Coptic Monastery of Deir el-Sultan in Jerusalem

His Eminence Metropolitan Antonious of the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Far East has issued an important statement outlining recent events at the Coptic Monastery of Deir el-Sultan in Jerusalem, which is currently occupied by visiting Ethiopian monks. English Statement Arabic Statement

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October 20, 2017

Statement from the Bishops of North America on the Martyrdom of Hegumen Samaan Shehata and Terrorism in Egypt

From October 17-19, 2017, we, the Coptic Orthodox bishops of North America, gathered for our semi-annual conference in Titusville, Florida and discussed the acts of sectarian violence directed against our beloved brethren in Egypt. The most recent of these events resulted in the martyrdom of Hegumen Samaan Shehata from the Diocese of Beba and El Fashen. We joyfully commend the righteous soul of this father, the martyr Hegumen Samaan Shehata, to the Paradise of Joy, – …

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April 9, 2017

Statement of H.E. Metropolitan Serapion on the Cowardly Bombings in Tanta and Alexandria

As the Heavenly Jerusalem receives today the blessed souls of our Martyrs of Alexandria and Tanta, let us pray for the peace of the Church and safety of HH Pope Tawadros and brothers and sisters in Egypt and for the wounded and the families of the Martyrs and confessors. I ask all our churches today to pray for our Martyrs and Confessors and their families and give message of faith and confidence in our Mighty – …

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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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