Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

URGENT - 3 Days of Fasting and Prayers

October 10, 2011

COLLEYVILLE, TX. October 10, 2011 -- Sad news in Egypt. All the churches in the Diocese of the Southern United States will be implementing 3 days of fasting and prayers according the decree sent by the Holy Synod.

The Holy Synod Decree

The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church under the leadership of Pope Shenouda III met with seventy in attendance on Monday October 10, 2011 in the Papal residence in Cairo, Egypt to discuss the events of the prior day in front of Maspiro where at least 24 of our beloved children have been killed and at least 200 have been injured. We ascertain that our Christian faith doesn't allow us to use violence of any kind. But we also know that strangers implanted themselves among our children and committed acts that are more suited to their morals. Coptic Christians feel that their problems are always being repeated without accountability and without the due justice of the law. The Holy Synod invites all Coptic Christians to fast and pray for three days beginning Tuesday October 11, 2011 that God may bring his peace to our beloved country of Egypt.

We pray for the souls of our departed brethren and for their families. We ask our Lord to protect us during this difficult time.