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Biography

His Grace Bishop Angaelos, who served as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom since 1999, was enthroned on 18th November 2017 as the first Bishop of the new Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London. He is widely recognised for his extensive advocacy work, and as a result he was conferred the honour of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen for ‘Services to International Religious Freedom.’ Bishop Angaelos has also been conferred the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Coventry Cross of Nails for Reconciliation. With a pastoral ministry spanning two decades, Bishop Angaelos specialises in youth ministry and travels around the world to speak at youth conferences and conventions.

Bishop Angaelos specialises in initiatives relating to advocacy, international religious freedom and development work, and is a member of, and chairs, numerous local, national and international bodies dealing with these matters. His Grace is founder and convener of the Asylum Advocacy Group which works closely in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief.

As director of the Media and Communications Office in the United Kingdom and Europe, Bishop Angaelos frequently issues statements and comments relating to current religious and minority issues, with his particular focus on dialogue, conflict-resolution, and reconciliation. His comments and views are frequently sought on matters of human rights, civil liberties and international religious freedom, particularly in relation to the situation in Egypt, the Middle East, and North Africa.

He has visited refugee camps in Greece, Lebanon, Kurdistan and Jordan, and continues to work tirelessly to promote collaboration across the whole spectrum of his official, ecumenical and inter-religious engagements, to facilitate the support of and assistance to those in greatest need and suffering persecution and displacement.

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Background

Bishop Angaelos was born in Egypt and emigrated to Australia in his early childhood with his family. After obtaining his degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Sociology, he continued on to postgraduate studies in law while working in the same field. In 1990 he returned to Egypt to the Monastery of St Bishoy in Wadi-El-Natroun where he was consecrated a monk by the late Pope Shenouda III and served as his private secretary until 1995 when he was delegated to serve in the United Kingdom. He was proclaimed Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London on 11 November 2017 in Egypt, and enthroned over the new Diocese on 18 November 2017 at the Cathedral of Saint George in England.

 His Grace is currently:

  • President of Bible Society
  • President of Churches Together in England
  • Moderator of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
  • Chair of the Council of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
  • Co-chair of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum
  • Member of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission
  • Co-founder and Co-chair of the Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum
  • Co-founder and Co-chair of the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative
  • Moderator of the Churches’ Inter-Religious Network for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
  • Ecumenical participant of the Church of England General Synod
  • Member of the Coptic Delegation to the World Council of Churches
  • Chair of Christians Aware
  • Member of Christian Solidarity Worldwide Board of Reference
  • Scholar-Consultant on the Christian-Muslim Forum
  • Chair and Founder of Foundations for Hope (FFH)

His Grace is patron of:

  • Christians Aware
  • Embrace The Middle East
  • Awareness Foundation
  • The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • The Apostolic Order of St Hadrian of Canterbury
  • The SAT 7 Trust UK
  • British Egyptian Public Affairs Committee