CDP MEDIA RELEASE – Pope Shenouda III Passes to Glory

Pope Shenouda III

The Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC, Leader of the Christian Democratic Party, has extended his condolences to the Coptic community, the family and friends of the late Pope Shenouda III.



His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and the 117th Patriarch of the See of St Mark; and the head of The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, passed away at his residence in St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, Cairo, Egypt on Sunday 18th March 2012.

“Today we join with the Coptic community in mourning the loss of his Holiness Pope Shenouda III. For over 40 years his Holiness has faithfully served the Coptic community and provided charismatic spiritual leadership in a time of sectarian tension, political turmoil and religious terrorism”, said Rev Fred Nile.

“For decades he has struggled to bring peace, security and justice to Coptic Christians who continue to suffer persecution throughout the Middle East. The Christian Democratic Party regard it a privilege and honour to have had the opportunity in joining his Holiness in that struggle.

“Like the hundreds of thousands that have flocked to pay their respects at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Cairo, we too will continue to honour the legacy of his Holiness Pope Shenouda III and do all we can to assist the Coptic community both here and abroad”, Rev Nile stated.

Prayers will be held and condolences received tonight, 19th of March 2012 from 7- 9 PM, at the St Mary and St Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, 339 Forest Road, Bexley.



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