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His Grace Bishop Angaelos

Coptic Bishop Calls for Egyptian Democracy to Include Christians

Feb. 6, 2013

by Joel Elowsky

We received the following press release from His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Great Britain

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate use

24 January 2013

The Coptic Orthodox Church UK

Media and Communications Office

 

On the eve of the second anniversary of the January 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom issued a statement (viaCopticMediaUK.com) commenting on the recent escalation of violence against Christians, and calling for direct intervention by the Government of Egypt, leading to social cohesion, saying:

 

‘Considering the significant sacrifice that has been presented over the past two years, even leading to the loss of life, it is time for Egypt to emerge out of the pattern of discriminatory practice, and take on its new identity of a promised democracy that the January 2011 uprising sought to establish.’

 

Making reference to attacks on three churches in Egypt within the past two weeks, Bishop Angaelos said:

 

‘We call for proper investigation into any acts of violence against individuals, groups, or communities, and the protection of places of worship, to ensure that there are no further attacks of this kind.’

 

Read the full statement viaCopticMediaUK.comor click here

 

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For more information please contact:

 

Angela Mikhail

Media and Communications Officer

The Coptic Orthodox Church UK

 

Media@CopticCentre.com

020 7193 7076

 

Resources:

 

AINA News RE attack on church in Qena: http://www.aina.org/news/20130118184819.htm

 

AINA News RE attack on church building in Fayoum:  http://www.aina.org/news/20130115185246.htm

 

Daily Mail RE family imprisoned for converting to Christianity: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263727/Mother-Nadia-Mohamed-Ali-seven-children-jailed-15-years-Egypt-converting-Christianity-Islam.html

 

Angela Mikhail

 

Media and Communications Officer 
The Coptic Orthodox Church UK 
Tel: +44 (0)20 71937076 

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