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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March 17, 2012

Statement of His Grace Bishop Serapion on the Departure of our Beloved Father, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III

With hearts full of faith, trust, and hope, we bid farewell to our beloved father and faithful shepherd, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. We have full confidence that his pure soul is praying on our behalf before the throne of grace. Remembering his labor, shepherdhood, and fatherhood, we pray that God may repose his holy soul in the Paradise of Joy in the bosom of our holy fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. May he pray – …

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October 13, 2011

Copts Mourn Innocent Christians Killed By Egyptian Army

LOS ANGELES – Deeply grieved by the slaughter of innocent Coptic Christian protesters by Egyptian army tanks that plowed through crowds near Shubra (Maspero) last weekend, the Copts of Los Angeles invite Christians worldwide to advocate for a peaceful Egypt by joining them in three days of prayer and fasting that began Tuesday, Oct. 11. Following prayer and fasting, the Coptic Orthodox Christian Diocese of Los Angeles is participating in a peaceful demonstration 2-4 p.m. – …

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February 24, 2011

Media Advisory for the February 27 Day of Prayer and Solidarity

LOS ANGELES – In the wake of the popular uprising that overthrew Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt now stands at a crossroads with unprecedented opportunity to build a democratic society. Southern California Coptic Christians support the aim of their Coptic brothers and sisters in Egypt: to help create a new government that is fair and equitable to all citizens, ensures human rights for everyone and rejects extremism and discrimination in all forms.But many in the – …

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January 2, 2011

Statement of His Grace Bishop Serapion Concerning the 1/1/11 Alexandria Terrorist Attack

Our beloved children of the ChurchBlessings and peace with you all, Wishing you all a blessed and happy new year.As we are continuing to witness the repercussions of the terrorist attack on the Saints Church of Alexandria, that claimed the life of tens of martyrs and left tens more wounded; with an overwhelming feeling of sadness, confidence, and peace. We are saddened that evil has dominated the souls of those who carried out this horrid attack – …

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December 21, 2010

Statement from the Diocese of Los Angeles

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December 16, 2010

Official Statement from the 12/14 Day of Prayer and Solidarity

We, the Coptic Orthodox bishops in the United States, called for a day of prayer and solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Egypt on Tuesday December 14th, 2010. The prayer was held in Saint Vartan’s Armenian Orthodox Cathedral in Manhattan, N.Y. from 10.30a.m.-12.30p.m.The prayer was attended by the Coptic Orthodox bishops in the United States, more than fifty Coptic Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox priests, and many thousands of parishioners. Dignitaries, hierarchs – …

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June 4, 2010

Pastoral Message on the Recent Egyptian Court Ruling on Divorce

On Sunday, May 30, the Supreme Administrative Court in Egypt issued a final decision in the case of a Copt who sued the Church for denying him authorization to remarry in the Church after divorcing his wife. The court decreed that the Egyptian constitution guarantees his right to remarry in the Church. This decision, however, is contrary to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures and the Orthodox Church. His Holiness Pope Shenouda III respectfully rejected – …

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April 9, 2009

Coptic Orthodox Church Condemns Homosexuality, Ordination of Homosexuals and Same-Sex Marriage

COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH PRESS RELEASE FOR RELEASE TO PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA August 26, 2003 BOSTON, MA (USA)–During its Annual Clergy convention, the leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church discussed recent issues related to homosexuality. The convention was presided by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. In attendance were twelve Bishops from North America, Egypt, Australia, Europe; and 180 priests from America, Canada and Australia. – …

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April 9, 2009

Joint Press Release on the Photographing of the Lord’s Brethren and Orphans

Our Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Peace and grace from our God and Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. It gives us great pleasure to see how the Church’s children living abroad are greatly concerned about helping our needy brothers and sisters in Egypt , especially the orphans. We find that it is written in the Holy Bible, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Fr. is this: to visit orphans and – …

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April 9, 2009

Declaration Against Same-Sex Marriage

In August 2003, the Coptic Orthodox Church, through the leadership of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and the Holy Synod, issued a formal declaration against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. In part, the declaration stated, Same-sex marriage is against the Divine Plan for marriage and its purpose of procreation. “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined – …

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