United Methodist Church mourns with Coptic Church

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is grieving with the Coptic Orthodox Church over the recent terrorist bombings that targeted Coptic churches in Egypt, killing at least 47 people as members celebrated PalmSunday.

The Coptic Church is the largest Christian Church in Northeast Africa and the Middle East.

In a letter sent to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, UMC bishops expressed sincere sympathy with the Christian brothers and sisters.

“Please know The United Methodist Church grieves with you.  As a part of the Universal Body of Christ, we acknowledge your pain is our pain, and we stand with you in this dark time,” said the letter signed by Bishop Bruce Ough, President of the Council of Bishops and Bishop B. Michael Watson, UMC Ecumenical Officer.