Message of Solidarity

Dearly beloved:

It is with sadness that I share with you this communication from His Grace, Bishop Youssef of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Southern United States. As you know in recent years I had the privilege of being invited to be part of the service at the Coptic Orthodox Christmas celebration, January 7 at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo with Pope Shenouda II presiding. It was an honor and privilege to be there at the sanctuary with Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of Egypt and also Primate of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. Unfortunately St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo is one the churches that has been attacked by the fanatical hordes of the Muslim Brotherhood and is just one of the 70 churches that have been destroyed in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Unfortunately our government and press seems uninterested in the plea of 12 million Christians of Egypt and our press has been ignoring the horror that Christians are going through having their person, homes and businesses been attacked.

I ask for your prayers and support to our Christian brothers of Egypt and in special for the Coptic Orthodox Church that makes up about 98% of all Christians in Egypt.

 

Blessings.

 

+Leo Frade
Bishop of Southeast Florida
(below is the message from Bishop Youssef)

Greetings in name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Thank you so much for your kind message and comforting words. I appreciate all your help and support for the coptic church during this difficult time.

Satan is attacking Christians everywhere, in the middle east through persecution which is not only in Egypt but in most of the Arab countries. I am sure that your grace is aware of the abduction of the two Syriac Orthodox Bishops since April 2013 and till now we do not know any news about them or even if they are alive or martyred.

In the last week more than 70 churches were attacked in Egypt, some of them were completely burned, many houses and businesses for the Christians were destroyed, and several copts were martyred.

It is time to be united together in prayers that the Lord may have mercy on us and help us to endure such difficult times with patience and perseverance.

Once again, I thank you so much for your support and comforting words.

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