As Egyptians vote in the constitutional referendum on the 14th and 15th of January 2014, Bishop Mouneer asks for prayers for peace.
“As the Egyptian people are now preparing to go to the polls to vote on the new constitution, they are also concerned about the continuous violence and terroristic attacks.
The aim of these attacks is to deter people from voting. The number of people that vote will be an indicator of the support of the people for the roadmap that was announced by the interim government on the 3rd of July last year.
Our hope and prayer is that this referendum will pass peacefully. This will pave the road towards the presidential and parliamentary elections, which in turn will lead to more stability and security in this land.
For all Egyptians, including Christians, the last few months have not been easy. The supporters of the former president attacked police stations and churches. In order to see the creation of a free and democratic country, Christians realise that there are many sacrifices to be made.
Even so, we sense that the future of our country will be more inclusive of all its citizens unlike the previous regime.
Believing that national unity is very important at this time, the Anglican Church in Egypt seeks to be bridge builders and instruments of reconciliation in our country.
An example of this is our current efforts to use the arts, and cultural events, to bring people of all backgrounds together at our Cathedrals in Cairo and Alexandria.
Additionally, we just ended a successful exchange program that brought together 60 imams and priests from several areas of Egypt that have experienced sectarian conflicts during the past year. With God’s grace, we will repeat this program next year.
As we think of the Prince of Peace, we pray that this region of the Middle East may experience his peace that passes all understanding. Pray for us as we seek to be peacemakers at this point of time in Egypt and beyond.”