Monday, April 20, 2015

Egypt Coptic Bishop condemns murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

(Apr 20, 2015, (Egypt Independent))-- The General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, Bishop Angaelos, issued a statement on Monday condemning the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya by members of the Islamic State terrorist group.

"These executions, that unnecessarily and unjustifiably claim the lives of innocent people, wholly undeserving of this brutality, have unfortunately become far too familiar. Once again we see innocent Christians murdered purely for refusing to renounce their faith," the statement said, adding that the Christians of Egypt and Ethiopia have had a shared heritage for many centuries, and now they have come to share an even greater connection, through the blood of the martyrs from the two communities.

Commenting on the sense of solidarity among the communities around the world in the face of the killings, the bishop added that the people of faith must not only continue to speak out against similar acts of violence, but also "forgive and pray for the perpetrators of this and similar crimes.

" He also turned to the families of the victims, reassuring them that "their loved ones will never be forgotten, having died as true martyrs and paying the ultimate price."  Read more from Egypt Independent »

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