The following is a press release by H.G. Anba Mina, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and surroundings, a member of the Canadian Council of Churches.
The Coptic community in Canada mourns the loss of 21 Egyptian Christians at the hands of ISIL in Libya. These men were labourers who left Egypt to seek employment opportunities in Libya to provide for their families. While working faithfully, they were kidnapped, tortured and eventually murdered with barbaric brutality.
The Coptic community and the Egyptian people stand in solidarity in their condemnation of these heinous acts.
We thank the Canadian government and the Egyptian government for their ongoing support of our community.
We pray for the families and for those who carried out these acts that God enlighten them and show them the path of righteousness.
A special memorial service and a candlelight vigil in their memory is scheduled to take place at the Canadian Coptic Centre – 1245 Eglinton Ave. W., Mississauga, L5V 2M4 – on Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
For more information and media contacts, please contact Mr. Hani Tawfilis T: (647) 241-2245, Email: email@example.com.
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