Anba Martyros, Bishop General of the churches East of the Railway, Cairo, has placed a post on his Facebook page declaring that he had declined participation in a recent international peace convention held in Seoul. Anba Martyros explained that he had participated in the 2014 round of this peace convention and had signed a peace document that was in accordance with Christian faith and Orthodox doctrine. He wrote that back then the Coptic Church had participated in that conference in her capacity of peace sponsor.
Anba Martyros wrote that he recently discovered that the convention used the advocacy of peace only as a cover for a hidden unannounced objective that advocates the unity of religions. “I therefore am honoured to withdraw my participation in the conference, and my signature of the ‘peace document’,” wrote Anba Martyros. He also said that he sent emails expressing his rejection of the conference’s hidden objectives to the organising committee in South Korea, the Global Peace Foundation, the Korean Embassy in Egypt, the Egyptian Embassy in South Korea, as well as the Egyptian and Korean foreign ministries. Anba Martyros ended his post by asking for forgiveness from both clergy and congregation and asking them to pray for him.
28 December 2020