As we celebrated the conclusion of last year’s Festival with the distribution of the trophies for the first, second and third place winners, we were grateful for God’s blessings for a successful 2013 Festival.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II said during the Awards Ceremony in Egypt, “I am happy to see the activities of the Youth Bishopric, I am glad that our beautiful Church that is 2000 years old is full of young youth and I am proud to see the creative work and achievements of the youth.”
We were also blessed to see that the Churches in Upper Egypt participated despite the sad and cruel events their Churches were subjected to last year. Last year, in addition to the usual participation from Egypt and Sudan, we had a great worldwide participation from 192 Churches representing more than 20 countries and 8 languages.
The theme for the Coptic Festival 2014 is “You shall be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:8). This year, God is asking each one of us to be His witness by:
- Shining like a star
- Shining for my family
- Shining for my Church
- Shining for my community
- Shining for my country
We hope that all of you will participate in the Festival activities this year, and encourage everyone you know to join us in one of the greatest annual events, presented by our mother, the Coptic Orthodox Church.
This year, registration will be online, so register as soon as possible. Furthermore, quizzes will also be completed online, and marked instantly and automatically.
May God bless the Coptic Festival this year and the efforts of all the participants and coordinators, through the prayers of our beloved father Pope Tawadros II.