March 26, 2012

A Message of Sympathy and Condolences +The Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III+

A Message from Metropolitan PHILIP, Primate Metropolitan of New York and All North America With much sadness and sorrow, we have received the news of the falling asleep of His Holiness Patriarch and Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria, and Patriarch of the Seat of St. Mark. His passing on to eternal life is an enormous loss not only for the Coptic Church, but also for the Church as a whole, especially since he believed in dialogue and held – …

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March 25, 2012

Funeral Oration on the Life of the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III

The following funeral oration was delivered impromptu by His Eminence Metropolitan Bakhomious, Metropolitan of Beheira and Pentapolis, and Locum Tenens of the See of St. Mark, towards the end of the funeral for the thrice-blessed Pope Shenouda III. Despite its spontaneity, the oration reflected the work of the Holy Spirit in its clarity, power, and emotion. Courtesy to Mark Moussa of St. John Church for the translation from Arabic to English. In the name of – …

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March 23, 2012

Message of Condolences of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel at the Passing Away of Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church

To His Eminence Metropolitan BISHOY,General Secretary of the Holy Synod,Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate Your Eminence, It is with deep Christian sorrow that we have learned of the passing away from this world, on the 17th of March 2012, after a long illness, of the venerable Pope and Patriarch Shenouda III, Head of the Coptic Church, a dear and longstanding friend of the Romanian Orthodox Church. His spiritual testimony and worldwide renown effort in fostering closer relationships – …

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March 23, 2012

Message and Letter of Condolences from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III

Fr. Ron Roberson of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sent Bishop Serapion a message of condolences for the departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, saying, Please accept the sincere condolences of all the staff of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the death of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. This is a great loss for Christians everywhere, and we pray for his – …

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March 23, 2012

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Adjourns Meeting in Honor of Pope Shenouda III

LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich adjourned the meeting of the Board of Supervisors in memory of Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church. “As the patriarch of one of the world’s most ancient churches, Pope Shenouda III was a beloved leader for the 10 million Coptic Christians that he served,” said Antonovich.  “It was an honor to meet with him – he was a compassionate leader and scholar who was well-respected by – …

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March 22, 2012

Israel Sends Condolences to Egyptians for the Departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel extended condolences to Egypt, to the Copt community and to the Egyptian people upon the passing of the Coptic Pope Shenouda III. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends Israel’s sincere condolences to Egypt, to the Copt community and to the Egyptian people upon the passing of the Coptic Pope Shenouda III. Pope Shenouda was an important spiritual leader who for many years was outstanding in his ministration to – …

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March 22, 2012

Prime Minister and Nation of Australia offer Condolences to Copts over the Departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III

This morning Australians woke to the sad news that Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church, has died in Egypt overnight. Pope Shenouda had served in religious life for sixty years. He was spiritual leader of his people for four decades. On behalf of all Australians, I offer my condolences to the Coptic community in this very sad hour. We know the eight million Coptic Christians in Egypt – and millions more worldwide – – …

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March 22, 2012

Egyptian Politicians and Dignitaries offer Condolences for the Departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III

The Egyptian State Information Service (ESIS) issued a press release mourning the departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and expressing the condolences and sentiments of several prominent Egyptian politicians and dignitaries. ESIS also published a memorial website to His Holiness entitled Farewell to Pope Shenouda,” which can be accessed at http://www.sis.gov.eg/VR/popeshenouda/e/ehtml/link07en.htm. In its press release, ESIS wrote, An atmosphere of overwhelming grief prevailed in the Egyptian political scene over the death of Pope Shenouda III – …

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March 22, 2012

Condolences of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Orthodox Church

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Orthodox Church, sent a letter of condolences to the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which is summarized below. In addition, Archbishops Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of Tehran, and Nareg Alemezian represented His Holiness Aram I and the Catholicosate of Cilicia at the funeral of Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, on Tuesday 20 March 2012. In his letter to the Holy Synod, Catholicos – …

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March 22, 2012

Condolences of the European Commission for the Departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III

“I was deeply saddened to learn the news of the death of Pope Shenouda III, the Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Pope Shenouda was a respected national and religious leader who has always strived for freedom of religion and belief. The best tribute Egypt could pay to his memory would be to fully protect these rights and preserve national unity. On behalf of the European Commission I would like to offer my – …

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March 22, 2012

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers Condolences

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Amr in his name and on behalf of all members of the Foreign Ministry, offers the deepest condolences to all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims, on the passing of Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist. Egypt has lost one of its best men, who attempted throughout his life to preserve the national unity of Egypt – …

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March 22, 2012

Condolences of the Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Los Angeles (Arabic)

The Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt has issued a letter of condolence to Coptic Christians for the departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. You may read the Arabic letter at this link. Condolences of Consulate General.pdf2.3 MB

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