Coptic Orthodox Church on the events in Egypt
On the morning of Tuesday, February 15, 2011, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III met with a smaller committee of members of The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church and issued the following communiqué:
“The Coptic Church salutes the honorable youth of Egypt, the Youth of January 25, who led Egypt in a strong, white revolution, and sacrificed for this cause, precious blood, the blood of the nation’s martyrs, who have been glorified by the Egyptian leadership and Armed Forces, as well as the entire population. We offer our condolences to their parents and members of their families.
Also, the Coptic Church salutes the brave Egyptian Army, and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in its communiqués, for securing Egypt, internally and externally. The Church supports its position in the dissolution of the People’s Assembly and the Consultative Council, and in its call for the return of security.
We believe that Egypt should be a civilian democratic state, to select its members of parliament with free and fair elections, and to be representative of all the sectors of the population.
We endorse the call of all Egyptians in combating poverty, corruption and unemployment, and in resisting chaos and vandalism, and the reinforcement of safety and security, and the principles of social justice and national unity. We also call for the eradication of the corrupt and breakers of the law.
The Coptic Church prays for great Egypt, the country of the glorious history and the ancient civilization, and hopes that God keeps her in peace and that calmness and stability, security and prosperity spread throughout the nation.”
Pope Shenouda III