Coptic Christian leader tells killers of Christians they are loved by God. Details emerged that Bishop Angaelos, who heads Coptic Church in the UK, extending God’s love to the notorious Islamic State told them, “you are loved by God, your Creator.”
Bishop Anba Angaelos addressing the terrorists said: “You are loved by God, your Creator for He created you in His image and according to His likeness, and placed you on this Earth for much greater things. You are loved by me and by millions like me because I, and we, believe in transformation.”
Bishop further said that a Christian’s perspective must be “to look at our world as through the eyes of God.” He said that he was well aware of the fact that his message might not be welcomed, but “it may create at least a shadow of doubt in the minds of those intent on inflicting harm and pain.”
Coptic Orthodox Church nestled in Europe revealed that since December 2016, at least 117 Christians have been killed across Egypt. Earlier in July, Bishop Angaelos had stated: “This campaign (of terror against Christians in Egypt) began with the bombing of St Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo in December 2016, and followed by Palm Sunday church bombings in Tanta and Alexandria, an attack on pilgrims visiting a monastery in Minya, and targeted attacks on individuals across Egypt.”
No less than 45 Christians were killed as a result of deadly Psalm Sunday bombings. Terror group Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the killings sating: “The Crusaders and their apostate followers must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large, and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God is willing.”
Egyptian President Al-Sisi has been engaging with Christian community. United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in its annual report 2017 stated: “During the year, Christian leaders lauded President Sisi’s ongoing active engagement with the community, including his attendance for the third consecutive year at a Coptic Christmas Eve mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. During that visit, President Sisi announced that the government would build the largest church and mosque in the country in the new administrative capital, New Cairo, by 2018.
In addition, by early 2017, the government had completed rebuilding and repairing 56 churches that were destroyed or damaged by extremist attacks in the summer of 2013 following former President Morsi’s ouster. Moreover, in some parts of the country, Egyptian security services increased protection of churches during significant religious holidays, which lessened fear and insecurity among members of the Coptic community.”