Historical prayer meeting at St Patrick’s Cathedral

Memorial for Victims of ViolenceDear all,

This letter is to inform you that this Sunday, April 21st, the Coptic Orthodox Church will be hosting a historical prayer meeting for the victims of violent attacks, nationally and abroad, at St Patrick’s Cathedral starting promptly at 6:30 pm. We expect all priests and deacons to be at St Patrick’s by 6pm. We require that priests bring the majority of their congregation as we stand united for the whole world to see. It is our right and duty to witness to the truth to the last drop of our blood. The heads of all major faiths and politicians will be invited. We are also inviting all media local, national and Coptic to attend.

Each Church is responsible for:

1- Announcing with diligence the importance of this prayer meeting and that participation is essential for the success of this event.
2- Organizing the departing time so that your group can arrive precisely at 6:15pm.
3- Organizing transportation for the day.

Bishop David

The three papal candidates

The three papal candidates have been announced:

  • HG Bishop Raphael
  • HG Bishop Tawadros
  • Hegomen Fr. Raphael Ava Mina

And the Coptic Orthodox church announces a fast from the highly rank in the upcoming three days on the 31 of October and the 1st, 2nd of November 2012 , so that God may choose the most righteous shepherd for His flock.

The next step in the papal election will be the altar name draw after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 4, a blindfolded child will randomly pull out a name from some compartment. The candidate whose name is pulled out will become the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Interview with The final 5 nominees for the 118th Pope of the See of Alexandria

Interview with Father Bakhomios al Souriany

Interview with Bishop Tawadrous

Interview with Bishop Raphael

Interview with Fr. Raphael Ava Mina

Interview with Fr. Seraphim al Souriany

An Oriental Orthodox Con-celebration of the Divine Liturgy 2012

An Oriental Orthodox Con-celebration of the Divine Liturgy

His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian
Hierarch of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
His Eminence Archbishop Cyril Aphrem Karim
Hierarch of the Svrian Orthodox Archdiocese for the Eastern United States
His Eminence Archbishop Abune Zekarias
Hierarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of North America
His Eminence Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldo
Hierarch of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church of North America
His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Diocesan Legate, Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
His Grace Bishop David
Hierarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Archdiocese of North America

With the participation of the Clergy, Choir and Altar servers of the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian,
Malankara and SYrian Dioceses

Saturday, October 6,2012 at 10:00 a.m.
St. Leon Armenian Orthodox Church
12-61 Saddle River Road
Fair Lawn. N.J. 47410

For more information and directions please contact
Rev. Fr.Diran Bohajian 20I-791-2862
Rev. Fr. John Rizkalla 732-619-663O
Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun 508-335-7394
Rev. Fr. Mahitama Selassie 516-343-i873
Deacon shiryl Mathai 215-901-6508

Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, a complimentary
lunch will be served at the Abajian Hall

Following the luncheon, there will be a Youth Gathering in the Charles and Grace Pinajian Youth Center

The Coptic Orthodox Church announces Papal Selection dates & List

While the chronological order of stages will not change, these dates are set based on the stipulation of the electoral statute and may change as committees find the need for extensions to their allotted timescale, which will in turn have an effect upon the above mentioned stages.




The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre UK
Media and Public Relations Office


The new pope of The Coptic Orthodox Church will be chosen on 2 December 2012 as announced by the Holy Synod and Nominations Committee on Wednesday 12 September 2012. The official list of Papal nominees and final dates that will bring the Papal selection process to a close was also announced.


The Holy Synod and Nominations Committee of the Coptic Orthodox Church have announced that the new pope to succeed His Holiness the late Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark, will be chosen on 2 December 2012. Pope Shenouda III departed on 17th March 2012 after forty-one years of papacy.


The Papal Selection Timeline as announced on Wednesday 12 September 2012 is as follows:


14 September- Final papal nominations announced by nominations committee
15-30 September – Period for challenges to nominations by voters
1-3 October – Church-wide fast for the coming stage of the process
3 October – Nominations committee commences deliberations and creates a shortlist of 5-7 candidates for papal election
19-21 November – Church-wide fast before Papal election
24 November – Papal election
26-9 November – Church-wide fast preceding Altar Ballot
2 December – Liturgical service at the Grand Cathedral of St Mark in which the Altar Ballot will take place and the new Pope will be chosen.


The Nominations Committee will formally issue the final list of Papal Candidates on Friday 14 September, and they are:


  1. Metropolitan Bishoy of Damietta
  2. Bishop Youannes
  3. Bishop Rafael
  4. Bishop Pafnotious of Samalout
  5. Bishop Boutros
  6. Bishop Tawadrous
  7. Bishop Kyrollos of Milan
  8. Father Rafael Ava-Mina
  9. Father Maximos El-Antony
  10. Father Shenouda Anba-Bishoy
  11. Father Pakhomious El-Souriany
  12. Father Daniel El-Saurian
  13. Father Anastasia El-Samuel
  14. Father Bishoy Anba-Paula
  15. Father Saweris Anba-Paula
  16. Father Seraphim El-Souriany
  17. Father Pigol Anba-Bishoy


His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom who has issued a detailed explanation of the papal selection process said:


“The papal selection process, albeit lengthy, has been carried out thus far with integrity, transparency and inclusion of the broad spectrum of the Coptic Orthodox Church both inside and outside Egypt. As we approach the selection of the new pope, we are confident that this process has been carried out for centuries, and is not merely based on democratic election, but primarily on a collective prayerfulness and faith in God’s choice.”

القائمة النهائية للناخبين

Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America Offers Condolences and Condemns Film

The Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America offers its deepest condolences to the families of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans senselessly murdered in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. We pray that the Lord comfort their families during this time of mourning.

The Archdiocese likewise condemns the film that has offended our Muslim brothers and sisters, and affirms that such efforts to insult and offend a neighbor with which the Copts have coexisted for nearly fourteen centuries violate the fundamental teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and contradict the virtues of love and tolerance by which Christians are governed.

As conscientious and benevolent neighbors, we reject any allegation that the Coptic Orthodox community has contributed to the production of this film. Indeed, the producers of this film have taken these unwise and offensive actions independently and should be held responsible for their own actions. We urge our Muslim brothers and sisters to exercise the same patience and wisdom that the Coptic Community has likewise demonstrated when faced with persecution, and join us in condemning violence and aggression. We pray to our Almighty and Merciful God for the safety of the world and the security of the United States, our beloved homeland Egypt, and the entire Middle East region.

For any further information please contact Fr. Michael Sorial at +1(718) 930-5267.

Archdiocese Upcoming Events 2012

Dear Servants, Please find below the Archdiocese Calendar Events for 2012, We need to start planning from now in order for our youth/kids to participate.





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