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Prince Charles donates money to children of 21 Coptic martyrs

The Prince of Wales made a contribution to the families of the Coptic martyrs of Libya.

Prince Charles contributed as a response the “When Left Behind” appeal launched by British Coptic Bishop Angaelos. The campaign will help the children of the 21 men, 20 of them Egyptian Christians, the other thought to be a Ghanaian.

Charles wrote individual letters of condolence to Coptic Pope Tawadros II and Bishop Angaelos, who is General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Britain, following the murder of the men.

Just last month, Charles sat down with presenter Diane Louise Jordan of The Sunday Hour on BBC Radio 2. Charles discussed his hopes to unite religions in the Middle East, and his concerns for Christians living in the region.

Details on the amount donated are not available. In 2014, Charles contributed to Aid to the Church in Need’s campaign to help Iraqi and Syrian Christians. The Prince recorded a message for the charity to introduce their report: “Religious Freedom in the World.”

During the recorded message, Charles commented: “It is an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East; an area where Christians have lived for 2,000 years, and across which Islam spread in 700AD, with people of different faiths living together peaceably for centuries.”

In December 2013, The Prince of Wales and HRH Prince Ghazi of Jordan jointly visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage and the Syrian Orthodox Church in Acton.

Charles has visited both Coptic and Orthodox centres of worship both home and abroad over the years. Meeting with members of both communities, he has voiced concern about the challenges that exist for Christians in Middle Eastern countries. C

Prince Charles is known for his keen understanding and study of the various religions that are practised not only in Britain but abroad. He is recognised for fostering a dialogue between the West and Islam.

In a speech titled “Unity in Faith” at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt in March 2006, The Prince of Wales said: “We may have a human weakness to criticize and to compete with each other. But what we have in common, as people of faith, calls us beyond this towards mutual respect and understanding.”

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