Coptic Orphans Grieves Pope Shenouda’s Departure

As we grieve the departure of our most beloved father, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, we know we are not alone.

His Holiness, The Late Pope Shenouda III


His prayers are still with us, and he himself will continue to watch over the church during these vulnerable moments, the church he served so faithfully as pope and shepherd during his days on earth.

Christ promised that he would not leave us orphans. (John 14:18) So we feel safe knowing that the saints of God and God himself, “father to the fatherless and protector of widows,” (Psalm 68) will guard his Church until he chooses another father and patriarch to lead us.

It is that sense of Christ’s presence that we will continue to bring to all the fatherless children we work with in Egypt, by our love and our practical help, in honor of His Holiness Pope Shenouda. May his prayers be ever with us.

About Nermien Riad

Nermien Riad founded Coptic Orphans in 1988 after volunteering for an orphanage in Cairo. When she saw that most of the children had living widowed mothers who simply couldn’t afford to feed them, she gathered family and friends to sponsor children in Egypt. Today Coptic Orphans works through a network of 400+ church-based volunteers in Egypt, who visit fatherless families in their homes and make sure they get everything they need to unlock their full potential. That way, they don’t have to get married off as child brides, work as 10-year old family breadwinners, or go to live at an institutional orphanage.