NEW YORK – On Good Friday afternoon and in a gesture of prayerful solidarity to the Coptic Orthodox Christians, following the bombing attacks at two Coptic Orthodox churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America together with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, visited the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and His Grace Bishop David, of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England.

The Archbishop in a letter he had sent immediately following the attacks stated: “We strongly believe that even in the dire circumstances of this tragedy, the love of God will prevail over the forces of darkness and hatred.  We believe based on the experience of the Holy Week of Passion, that even after the Crucifixion, God defeated death and evil and triumphed through the Resurrection.

We stand firm and in solidarity with the victims and the families of this horrendous terrorist attack.  We fervently pray for the repose of the souls of those who perished, for the consolation of their families and for the protection of all the members of the Coptic Christian Church in Egypt.”

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