February 4, 2011

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Condemning New Year's Attack at al-Qideseen Coptic Church

In response to the tragic terrorist attack against Coptic Orthodox Christians at al-Qideseen Church in Alexandria during New Year’s Eve prayers, the United States Senate has passed Senate Resolution 22. According to its sponsor, Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), the resolution “condemns the New Year’s Day attack; calls on Mubarak to identify, locate, and prosecute – to the fullest extent of the law – the criminals responsible for this horrific attack; and urges the Egyptian – …

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January 31, 2011

Three-Day Period of Fasting and Prayer for Egypt

In response to the tragic events in our homeland of Egypt, the Coptic Orthodox bishops of North America have declared January 31-February 2, 2011 as a period of fasting and prayer.During these three days, we are to observe strict abstinence as any Wednesday or Friday. In addition, many churches will offer the celebration of the Divine Liturgy every day during this period to pray for peace and safety in Egypt and for all of our Egyptian – …

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January 11, 2011

Candlelight Vigil on 1/11/11 – "We are One"

On January 11, 2011, parishioners from the Diocese of Los Angeles will participate in a candlelight vigil outside the Los Angeles Federal Building at 17000 Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.From the flyer:This peaceful demonstration is in response to the violence that has occurred against our brothers and sisters in Egypt. Please take time to come and show strength in numbers by demonstrating how Christians react to acts of violence – …

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January 10, 2011

Pope Shenouda III Receives Condolences from WCC Delegation

On Saturday, January 8, 2011, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III received the Reverend Dr. Olav Fykse Tvelt, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), and other visitors from the organization’s Geneva offices to offer personal condolences in response to the New Year’s Eve terrorist attack on the Saints’ Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria.The esteemed visitors expressed sympathy, support and the continued prayers of all WCC member churches to His Holiness and the – …

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January 10, 2011

Russian Orthodox Church Expresses Her Solidarity with the Copts

His Holiness Pope Shenouda III received two warm letters from the His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the Chairman of the Department of External Relations within the Russian Orthodox Church expressing the solidarity of the latter with Copts worldwide after the heinous New Year’s Eve terrorist attack at the Saints’ Church in Alexandria that left at least 28 dead and more than 90 wounded.In his letter, Patriarch Kirill noted how “[t]he faithful of the – …

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January 7, 2011

Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange Expresses Solidarity with Coptic Christians

His Grace Bishop Serapion received a warm letter from the Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange, the Most Reverend Tod D. Brown, expressing solidarity with Coptic Christians worldwide over the inhuman terrorist attack on the Saints’ Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Egypt on January 1, 2011.His Grace Bishop Brown communicated to the Coptic community the “spiritual closeness and deep prayer for an end to these attacks upon all Christians in the Middle East.” In addition, His Grace – …

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January 7, 2011

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Condemns Alexandria Massacre and Calls for Action

In the latest in a series of acts of solidarity with the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) has issued a statement condemning the New Year’s day terrorist attack on the Saints’ Church in Alexandria, Egypt, which left at least 25 dead and scores injured, many severely.According to the statement, “This was one of the most heinous terrorist attacks on a – …

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January 4, 2011

Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Zakka I Iwas Denounces Alexandria Terrorist Attack

His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Syriac Orthodox and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church denounced on Sunday the terrorist attack that targeted a church in Alexandria, resulting in dozens of casualties and injuries.In a cable to Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist, of Alexandria, Patriarch Zakka I – …

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January 4, 2011

National Council of Churches Condemns Alexandria Terrorist Attack along with Islamic and Jewish Leaders

Today, the National Council of Churches (NCC) issued a powerful condemnation of the recent terrorist attack that murdered at least 26 Coptic Orthodox worshippers and injured scores more outside The Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt.Dr. Michael Kinnamon, the General Secretary of the NCC, said, “The perpetrators of this outrage are apparently so blinded by hatred that they have lost touch with the tenets of any known faith… It is simply agonizing to think that many around – …

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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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January 2, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI Urges Christians Worldwide to Remain Strong

The Roman pontiff Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians to remain strong in the face of intolerance and violence in the hours following the senseless and brutal attack on innocent Christians leaving The Saints Coptic Orthodox Church after a Divine Liturgy for the New Year. The pope condemned a widening campaign against Christians in the Middle East in his New Year’s homily delivered at St. Peter’s Basilica. “In the face of the threatening tensions of the – …

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January 2, 2011

WCC Condemns 1/1/11 Attack on The Saints Church in Alexandria

The World Council of Churches issued a condemnation of the inhuman attack on innocent worshippers in The Saints Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Egypt in which a bomb was detonated at the conclusion of the New Year’s Divine Liturgy at midnight, killing at least 21 people and injuring at least 80. From the press release: The WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, on behalf of the fellowship of WCC member churches and the – …

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