Saturday, March 4, 2017

Coptic Orth. Christians in NY Buy Cath.Church; Begin Orth. Services March 5, Pope "Delighted"

An unused Roman Catholic church building in New York City is set to be brought back to life with services tomorrow (March 5, 2017) by a congregation of Coptic Orthodox Christians, the Christian Today website reports.

Our Lady of Peace Church, on the Upper East Side, was closed in 2015. At that time, the existing congregation was merged with a nearby Roman Catholic church.

An archdiocese letter to the Catholic parishioners some months ago states that New York's Cardinal Dolan "had the occasion to introduce the New York Egyptian Coptic Orthodox bishop, His Grace Bishop David, to the Holy Father, at which they spoke about their dream to purchase Our Lady of Peace as their cathedral."

The letter adds, "Pope Francis was delighted to learn that your parish, together with the archdiocese, was interested in assisting the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, in this way."

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