Bishop Markis Solidarity at the Death of Pope Shenouda III

My dear Brother Bishop Markis,

I wish to express my prayerful sympathy and solidarity with the Coptic Community in general and with the Southern African Coptic Community in particular on the death of his Holiness Pope Shenouda III.

The Coptic community reminds the broader Christian Community of the unique position that the Coptic Church holds from early origins of Christianity in Africa to the present day. That reminder is a challenge to all of us to pursue the unity which is to define our life as Disciples of Jesus Christ.

It is for this reason that your engagement with the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference in January 2011 over the Crisis in Egypt and in January 2012 as part of the executive of the South African Council of Churches is so greatly appreciated.

Be assured of my prayers at this time of mourning for Pope Shenouda and the election his successor. Please God he will continue the quest for Christian Unity.

In Christ,

Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM
Archbishop of Durban.

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