Kyrie Eleison, His Beatitude Shenouda (1923-2012), Patriarch of Alexandria and Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Together with our Brethren from the other Eastern Rite Christian Churches, namely of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt in grief and we extend our Condolence upon the Death of His Holiness Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. He is known for the efforts he made in Commitment of having Christian Unity. He is the first Coptic Orthodox Patriarch to meet with the Pope after 1500 Years meeting with His Holiness Pope Paul VI and later on with His Holiness Blessed Pope John Paul II. Here is the Statement from the Vatican on the demise of the Coptic Pope.

"The Catholic Church shares in the grief and prayers of Coptic Christians in mourning the loss of their spiritual leader, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria. Pope Benedict XVI was informed of the news and he is united spiritually with prayers of suffrage. We will never forget the meeting of Pope Shenouda in Cairo with Pope John Paul II during his pilgrimage to Mount Sinai during the Great Jubilee. The occasion marked a high moment in dialogue and fellowship witnessing to our common faith in Christ. May the Lord welcome this great shepherd and give him the reward he deserves for his service.

Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office"

Here below are the Links regarding this News of the Passing over in this Life of the Coptic Patriarch:

We in the Eastern Rite Catholic Filipinos also extend the Condolence on our Brethren in the Coptic Orthodox Church joining and always be in our Prayer

"O God of spirits and of all
bodies, who trampled down
death and overcame the devil,
and bestowed life on your
world, yourself O Lord set to
rest the soul of your servant
Shenouda who has fallen asleep, in
a place of light, in a place of
green pastures, in a place of
rest whence all pain, sorrow
and sighing have been driven
away. Forgive him (her) every
transgression committed in
word, in deed, or in thought,
for you are a good God, the
Lover of mankind; yet there is
no man born who does not
transgress, and you alone are
without sin, your
righteousness is everlasting,
and your word is true."


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