martedì 11 aprile 2017

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's Letter of Condolences to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
Ecumenical Patriarchate
Your Holiness Tawadros II, Pope and Patriarch of the Coptic Church in Egypt, our beloved brother in Christ: grace and peace from on high. -- It was with a heavy heart that we learned of the terrorist attacks targeting your churches and faithful flock who, like us, gathered to pray and honor this most holy day of the ecclesiastical year marking the Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  We witnessed in the media with great grief the destruction and mourning that these barbaric attacks have brought to your community, as well as to all of Christendom, and we hasten to convey our wholehearted condolences and the prayers of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.  As a martyric Church, we also stand in solidarity with you and your people, who have prevailed courageously and faithfully for centuries over persecution and oppression. (...)