Anglicans around the world were saddened to hear of the death of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Pope Shenouda was a man of great holiness whose life was spent in the service of his people, even to the point of house arrest. While giving personal attention to all of the congregations of his church throughout the world, he also made time for weekly teaching from the Bible for the faithful in Cairo.
He was deeply committed to ecumenical movement and worked for the reconciliation of long-standing theological divisions. The Anglican Communion sends condolences to Copts everywhere, and we hold the people of Egypt in our prayers at this time.
Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Canon Kenneth Kearon