Bishop David delivered a message of hope in anticipation of the Coptic Orthodox Church Christmas celebration on Tuesday. The words were especially meant to inspire the friends and relatives in Egypt of parishioners of Coptic Archangel Michael & St. Mena Church in Great Kills.
The bishop, known only by his first name, was consecrated last November as the head of the new Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England. He officiated at the Sunday morning liturgy on Dec. 22 at the Great Kills parish where nearly all of the roughly 600 parishioners are of Egyptian heritage.
The bishop sees the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi and the interim government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood as positive changes for all Egyptians.
"Things are getting better now in Egypt," said Bishop David, who was born in Cairo, and spoke with the Advance last week.
The bishop hopes that going forward the ...