Archbishops pledge ‘committed solidarity’ with Christians in Egypt

By Lambeth Palace staff
Posted Jul 12, 2013

[Lambeth Palace] The archbishops of Canterbury and York have joined the call for prayers for unity, reconciliation and an end to violence in Egypt.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York John Sentamu wrote to the Coptic and Anglican leaders in Egypt on July 11 pledging their “committed solidarity” amid the recent turmoil in the country.

Writing to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and to the Most Rev. Mouneer Anis, the president bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, the archbishops said they had been “very mindful of recent developments taking place in Egypt” as they presided over the Church of England’s General Synod in York this past weekend.

They added they were “very grateful” for the presence at synod of Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, who attended as an ecumenical observer and spoke powerfully of the present situation in Egypt and his hopes for reconciliation.

The archbishops wrote: “As presidents of the General Synod, we are sending this message of committed solidarity with you at this time. We join in the call to pray for Egypt for unity and reconciliation and the ending to all violence, praying that all parties may be able to work together for a common future.”

They added: “May the Lord grant you grace and strength in this ministry of reconciliation.”