Condolences from the Churches of Jerusalem to the Coptic Church
COMMUNIQUE – On wednesday February 19, the Churches of Jerusalem paid a visit to the Coptic Archbishop to express their condolences after the tragic death of the 21 coptic Egyptians, killed by Da’esh (ISIS) because of their faith. On February 20, they also made public a communiqué to assure their deep compassion and their prayers towards the mourning Church and the families of the victims.
A Message of the Heads of Churches of Jerusalem
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
c/o Archbishop Anba Abraham
We, the Heads of Churches in the Holy City of Jerusalem, wish to extend to you our heartfelt sorrow and compassion following the appalling news of the recent killings of our Coptic brothers who were martyred in Libya at the hands of Da’esh (ISIL). It is indeed extremely difficult to understand how such atrocities could be carried out in the name of Religion.
We realize that these tragic events will increase the sense of insecurity that many of our fellow-disciples of Jesus Christ already experience in the region and we wish to assure you that we stand alongside you all at this very painful time. As St. Paul says in his Letter to the Corinthians, ‘If one member suffers, all suffer together’ (I Cor. 12. 26).
Please extend our deepest sympathies to the families and congregations of those who have so recently lost their lives on account of their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and assure them that we continue to hold them all in our hearts and prayers at this time.
The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
+Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
+Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarchate
+Patriarch Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate
+Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land
+Archbishop Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem
+Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate
+Archbishop Aba Embakob, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate
+Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate
+Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate
+Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
+Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
+Bishop Pierre Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate
+Msgr. Georges Dankaye’, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate