Statement from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph on the Recent Bombing of the Coptic Church in Egypt
Lest they be forgotten, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph urges the clergy and the laity of the Antiochian Archdiocese to continue to pray for peace for the people of Egypt, especially after the bombing of St. Peter Coptic Orthodox Church, next to St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, in Cairo. There, 25 Coptic Christians lost their lives, and 49 others – mostly women and children – were wounded during Sunday worship.
“These are defenseless people who did not deserve to have their lives ended or drastically altered forever,” Sayidna Joseph said. “All over the world, but especially in the Middle East, harmless Christians are crucified daily for their faith. When we ask ‘why,’ we know there is never a good answer.
“The injustice continues and the international community is silent. The Christians of the Middle East will live in this never-ending nightmare of terror – especially in the name of religion – without courageous powers stepping forward.
“If it is serious about stopping this violence, the international community must put politics and economics aside, and put human lives first. Unless the whole world fights evil ideologies and the people who spread them like cancer, nothing will change. To fight this ‘cancer,’ the international community must produce ‘strong medicine’ that must be taken: real, hard-thought and carefully crafted diplomatic solutions.
“Nevertheless, the loved ones of victims and survivors in this bombing preach and still bear witness to a Savior Who was born humbly in a cave – and Who rose from the dead after three days – to save this broken world. The clergy and the faithful of this Archdiocese stand in solidarity and love with His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, and all of his clergy and faithful.”
As we continue the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, Sayidna Joseph urges us to intensify our prayers for the heavily-persecuted Coptic Orthodox Church, and to share her children’s struggles with our neighbors and coworkers who may not have a full understanding of a Christian people whom the world seeks to forget, but continues to endure.