Congratulation to His Grace Bishop Angaelos, GCStG, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom and a Patron of the Order of St. George, who has received an OBE from HM The Queen. The honour is for services to international religious freedom – the first time an OBE has been awarded in this category.

“I am humbled by this award because I see it as my role and duty to advocate for religious freedom as part of my ministry,” said Bishop Angaelos. “While I am thankful for this great honour, it also comes with a sense of sadness that in the 21st Century we still need to defend people’s God-given rights and freedoms in this way. I consider this an award to every person who has worked with and supported me along the way and pray that God rewards and blesses them for all they have done and all they will continue to do. I must also express my sincere gratitude to Her Majesty The Queen and the Prime Minister for considering this cause worthy of such public acknowledgement.”