Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Press Release: Egypt the focus of Women's World Day of Prayer 2014

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5 March 2014
Coptic Orthodox Church UK
Media and Communications Office

Coptic Orthodox Church (Europe)
Media and Communications Office 

Women from 170 countries and regions across the world, including the United Kingdom, will pray for Egypt on Women’s World Day of Prayer (WWDP) on 7 March 2014.

A number of women from the Coptic Orthodox Community in the United Kingdom will be speaking at a variety of church and community services across the country on the role of women in Egypt and their contribution to their societies. They will also comment on the challenges faced by women in light of the recent uprisings.

Congregants from various denominations will gather across the world to show solidarity in prayer for women in Egypt and the Christian presence in the region, increasing awareness of the ongoing plight of these significant members of society.

Commenting on the WWDP 2014, His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom said:

"It is humbling that tens of thousands of people will gather across the world to pray for Egypt and it’s women who have played a significant, powerful, and responsible role throughout the vast history of Egypt and most significantly now over the past three years. As Christians we consider prayer to be one of our greatest supports, and this support at this particular time is very much appreciated as Egypt continues through this formative stage."

This initiative comes after millions of women took to the streets as part of the ongoing demonstrations and rallies that have taken place over the past three years in Egypt.