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Bishop writes to Bishop Angaelos

In the wake of the terrorist attack on Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery in Minya, Egypt last Friday, the Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, has written to the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, Bishop Angaelos.

The letter says:

"Your Grace,

As you know, in his joyful visit to the UK, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, kindly gave to me a beautiful Icon depicting the Holy Family seeking sanctuary in Egypt, fulfilling Isaiah's prophecy, ‘See, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt’. 

Now our hearts are torn apart again by this latest atrocity in Minya, children mown down by gunfire in the same week as young people were blown apart in Manchester. Families mourning deeply. These are terrible crimes. 

Please know, your Grace, that your people are in my prayers, and that the thoughts and prayers of the Diocese of Coventry are very much with you, your brother bishops and His Holiness in Egypt, and especially, of course, with the grieving parents, the other relatives and the injured. 

May you know, even in the midst of such suffering, the comfort of the Lord who came to Egypt as a child, and may the whole land embrace him, and his peace.

In the fellowship of the Cross of Nails
Your brother in Christ
+ Christopher"


Bishop Angaelos replied:

"Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your fraternal message, and we are encouraged by the promise of your prayers. 

I thought that I would share this with you if you had not already seen it:

Always thankful for our fellowship, I leave you in the love and care of our gracious Lord.