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Prince Charles backs appeal for bereaved Coptic Christian families

Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury have both offered their support to a new appeal for the families of Coptic Christians murdered in Libya last month ...

Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury have both offered their support to a new appeal for the families of Coptic Christians murdered in Libya last month.

The Prince of Wales wrote personal letters of condolence to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St Mark, and His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom following the brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya and subsequently made a generous contribution towards the #WhenLeftBehind appeal, which will support the families in Egypt of those murdered in Libya.

The Prince has continuously expressed his concern regarding the current challenges facing Christians in some Middle-Eastern nations and visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage in December 2013.

The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury also offered his condolences to Bishop Angaelos during his personal visit to the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre last month (19 February 2015), and endorsed the appeal with a video message.

Bishop Angaelos launched the ‘When Left Behind’ appeal at a memorial service in London on 18 February 2015, where he spoke of the immense courage, strength and dignity shown by those who lost their lives in Libya, saying:

“As we mourn with the families of those who died, we also rejoice in the faithful conviction, strength, dignity and bravery of these men; these fathers, brothers, uncles and sons who will never be forgotten.”

Bishop Angaelos invites all to contribute to the ‘When Left Behind’ appeal, saying:

“These young men were breadwinners for their families and their loss will not only rob them of the joy of their presence, but will leave a significant financial void in an already impoverished community. I am thankful to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, His Grace The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Honourable David Cameron and so many more who have already expressed their support and solidarity with the families who are left behind and with the Coptic faithful around the world.”

DONATE via http://www.JustGiving.com/WhenLeftBehind or TEXT ‘COPT21 £(amount)’ to 70070.

More information via @WhenLeftBehind, www.CopticMediaUK.com and www.CopticCentre.com

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