September 24, 2012

Thousands Sign Petition Supporting Bishop Serapion

On Sunday, September 23, 2012, the children of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of the Southern United States enthusiastically signed a petition in Arabic and English supporting our beloved father, His Grace Bishop Serapion. Specifically, the petition was made against the wholly baseless and inappropriate accusation from the Egyptian Attorney General that Bishop Serapion or the Diocese was in any way involved in the film, The Innocence of Muslims. The English translation stated: – …

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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 16, 2012

Diocese and Muslim Public Affairs Council to Hold Joint Press Conference on Monday, September 17

On Monday, September 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Coptic Orthodox Church, Diocese of Los Angeles, will hold a joint press conference to stand together in strongly condemning all violent reactions that have been playing out over the past several days in the Middle East. SEE: “MPAC Condemns Attacks on U.S. Embassies, Calls for Protection of All U.S. Personnel” (mpac.org) ALSO SEE: “Urgent Press Release: Diocese Condemns Inflammatory Film – …

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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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August 3, 2012

Help Copts Suffering in Dahshur, Giza, Egypt

Over the past week, many Coptic families in Dahshur, Giza, Egypt have suffered physical violence and political injustice as they were forced to leave their homes because of sectarian violence. Photo of destruction in Dahshur. Courtesy AINA. The strife began because of an argument between a Coptic ironer and his disgruntled Muslim customer that escalated to the level of the entire town. Over 120 Coptic Christian families were forcibly expelled while security forces stood by and – …

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November 18, 2011

Joint Declaration of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches (November 14, 2011)

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. H.H. Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, H.H. Patriarch Mar Ignatius Zakka I, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, H.H. Catholicos Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Orthodox Church and H.H. Abuna Paulos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, give thanks to God for bringing us together – …

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October 13, 2011

His Holiness Pope Shenouda III Addresses Copts around the World on the Massacre of Copts in Maspero

Before the Pope began his weekly sermon, he gave his condolences to the congregation for the Maspiro Martyrs. “Those that protested peacefully without bearing arms”, he continued referring to those who were killed, “walked from Shubra to Maspiro in the open, without weapons, full of courage.” The crowd responded loudly with chants saying “Raise your head up, you are Coptic”, a slogan that has become popular during Coptic protests. He confirmed 24 dead and over – …

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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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October 13, 2011

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Expresses Sincere Support for the Coptic Christians of Egypt

NEW YORK – At the Fall 2011 meet­ing of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Ortho­dox Arch­dio­cese of Amer­ica, the Most Rev­erend Mem­bers of the Holy Synod unan­i­mously adopted the fol­low­ing statement: “On behalf of the faith­ful Clergy and Laity of the Greek Ortho­dox Arch­dio­cese of Amer­ica, we, the Mem­bers of the Holy Eparchial Synod, cog­nizant of our respon­si­bil­ity to speak the truth in love, hereby state and declare our sin­cere sup­port for the pious Cop­tic – …

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October 13, 2011

Statement of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on the Egyptian Military's Massacre of Copts

The Russian Orthodox Church has followed the developments in Egypt with concern and bitterness. Blood has been spilt and Christian churches have been destroyed again. There is another manifestation of growing intolerance towards Christians and their legal and physical vulnerability in the Egyptian society. Our Church knows from her recent history what the suffering of innocent people and destruction of churches are. We raise our voice in defence of our Egyptian brothers in faith and – …

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October 10, 2011

Peaceful Demonstration and Protest in Los Angeles Scheduled for Sunday, October 16

In response to the recent tragic events at Maspiro on October 9, 2011, in which several Copts were killed and scores more injured, various Coptic organizations are planning to stage a peaceful demonstration and protest in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 16 after the Divine Liturgies in our parish churches. Details What: Peaceful Demonstration and Protest in Response to Violence against Copts Why: To raise awareness of the plight – …

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October 10, 2011

Press Release of California Copts Association on the October 9, 2011 Massacre of Copts

Over 100,000 Coptic Egyptian Christians gathered in peaceful protest and to stage a sit-in outside the Egyptian state television building along the Nile, on Sunday, October 9, 2011. The sit-in was a culmination of protests that took place over the last week in Cairo and other cities across Egypt. The Copts, a large Christian minority of about 15 million, were angered over numerous increasing attacks that have resulted in the destruction of many churches. The – …

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