CEDAR GROVE, N.J.
- Sept. 26, 2018
-- On Sunday, September 30, 2018, His Holiness Pope Tawadros' apostolic journey to America will conclude with a speaking engagement on "The Church of Egypt and Her Role in the World" to a faithful audience of more than 7,000 Copts and dignitaries at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Pope's historical visit to New Jersey is a source of "immense joy and gratitude" said His Grace Bishop David, Acting Patriarchal Exarch for the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America and Bishop for the Diocese of New York and New England. The Coptic community represents the largest Middle Eastern community throughout New Jersey totaling twenty-seven communities statewide. On this visit, His Holiness has consecrated 13 churches, elevated 9 priests to the designation of Hegumen, and ordained 2 new priests. The Pope has personally met with and greeted more than 10,000 people throughout this journey. The Pope's visit to New Jersey is a celebration of the continued growth the Coptic community has enjoyed in New Jersey since 1970. In attendance on September 30 will be Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4th), and other civic and religious leaders throughout the tristate area. "The faithful Copts who have journeyed with His Holiness on this historic visit, whether in person, in prayer or via the media, shows us what it means to live as brothers and sisters in one family," said Bishop David.
More information on the apostolic journey to the United States is available at www.CopticArch.org
Media credentials are available by contacting: Father Michael Sorial of the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Office of Public Relations.
The Coptic Orthodox Church, which originated in Egypt almost two thousand years ago, was established here in the United States in the 1960's and currently has over two hundred churches. His Holiness Pope Tawadros II is the 118th Pope of Alexandria and the successor to St. Mark the Apostle.