Trump Emphasizes Importance of International Religious Freedom in Statement Expressing Support for Second Annual Global Coptic Day

Security forces stand outside the Coptic church that was bombed on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, April 10, 2017. | (Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

President Donald Trump issued an official message in support of the second annual Global Coptic Day, expressing his support for the persecuted Christian denomination.

In a message released Monday, Trump noted that his administration called the observance “an opportunity for the world to mark the contributions, legacy, and ongoing challenges facing the largest Christian group in the Middle East.”

“This year, as we celebrate the second annual Global Coptic Day, we recognize the vital role faith, prayer, and service have in our lives, especially as we continue to face the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic,” stated Trump.

“We join with people of faith from every corner of the world in asking God to place his healing hand on those fighting the virus and to comfort those who are mourning the loss of a friend or a loved one.”

The president went on to focus on the importance of international religious freedom, saying that “far too many people the world over face persecution on account of their faith.”

“We must ensure that we are using every tool at our disposal to ensure that every man, woman, and child feels safe and secure to worship according to their conscience and beliefs—no matter where they live,” he continued.

“I hope today’s observance is filled with prayer and joy, and provides those celebrating with a renewed sense of purpose and faith.  May God bless each of you.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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