Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
The leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia, His Grace Bishop Suriel, Head of the Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions, today releases a statement in response to a video posted on YouTube which depicts the Prophet Mohammed in a negative light.
The protest in Sydney on Saturday featured a negative image of the recently deceased spiritual leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III.

“We truly feel sorrow for our Muslim brothers and sisters and understand their feelings of hurt, as we ourselves have endured similar pain.

“The Coptic Church is not in any way associated with the production or publishing of this video and we reject any disrespect to any religious leader or figure. This is not the conduct reflective of a Christian from any denomination. As Christians, who have endured many sufferings, we are taught to turn the other cheek; we must respond to insults and even violence with love and forgiveness.

“In this beautiful country of Australia, we enjoy democracy, equality and freedom of religion and speech. We pray for peace and hope for harmony among all people, irrespective of their religious affiliation. We pray for the protection and peace of our Coptic Orthodox brothers and sisters in Egypt, who continue to be victims of misguided anger and attacks as a result of this film.

“Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to love one another as he loved us; to do unto others as you would have done unto yourself and this we must. As Christians, we must become beacons of light for the world to see and demonstrate compassion, love, humility and grace during adversity.”

His Grace Bishop Suriel, Head of the Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions, is the official head and spokesperson of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia and represents all Coptic Orthodox parishioners within this region by way of his appointment by Patriarchal Decree.

Opinions from other organisations or so called Coptic leaders with similar names are not statements authorised by the Church.

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