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The Coptic Orthodox Church (COC)

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt is An Apostolic, mainstream and Traditional Church established by St. Mark the apostle, writer of the 2nd gospel, in the 1st Century. The COC serves a congregation that mounts to 15 million believers: 13 millions live in Egypt and almost two millions live abroad. The word “Coptic” means “Egyptian" read more…

Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services “BLESS”

The Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services (BLESS) is a general bishopric of the Coptic Orthodox Church. BLESS was established in 1962 to be the social, diaconal and development arm of the Church.
Brief History • BLESS was established by HG Late Bishop Samuel on September 30th, 1962
BLESS target communities in the year 2017

Mission and guiding values

Goal: • The Development Department of BLESS, rooted in the tradition and spirituality of the Coptic Orthodox Church, contributes to the development of poor and marginalized people. (God’s brethren) “Mt 25:40” • The main purpose is to help them discover and develop their potentials and improve the conditions of their communities: socially, culturally and economically for an abundant life for all.
This is realized through:

  • God’s love that fills the hearts and guides the steps of the stewards.
  • Partnership with others working in the same field.

Guiding values .. Strategies of work ..

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Preliminary Future Perspective
  • BLESS underlines its role as the social arm for the Coptic Orthodox Church.
  • It is likely that BLESS puts stronger focus on technical support role rather than direct service provision.
  • Existing partnerships, within COC, are being reinforced.
  • BLESS is concerned with addressing the unmet need for the service.
1998- 2016 Accomplishments
  • BLESS has provided its services through 30 dioceses.
  • At any given point of time, BLESS is serving 30 active communities, at least.
  • In addition, by December 31st, 2016 BLESS has completed its full coverage of 64 communities. Those communities are being followed up and supported by “BLESS Exit Coordinators”.
  • 84,165 literacy class participants have passed their literacy exams.
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HH Pope Tawadros II speech at the “Development experts meeting

News and Events

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BLESS theological and biblical understandings

Our Lord Jesus Christ has highly valued the diaconal work to the extent that any act of love done to anyone in need is considered an act done to Him personally, and a path to the Kingdom of Heaven Then the King will say to those at his right hand, come, O blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you give me drink, and I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you came to me

Photo Story

HG Bishop Yolios visited Russian Diakonia for a week

Development experts meeting

HH Pope Tawadros II attended the “Development experts meeting” organized the Bishopric of public, social services and ecumenical at papal Logos Center in St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi Natrun, which raised: “Challenges facing the community development in Egypt” subject where they discussed what is the most important development approaches that can be adopted to support national efforts for development? The meeting was conducted by Anba Yolios General Bishop of services and was attended by Anba Thomas Bishop of Quseya and Mir, Father Daoud Lamei and a number of leaders of development and social work. The meeting aimed at reviewing the most important ideas and modern trends in the field of development to benefit from in the development of the BLESS in the next development plan 2018-2022.

Commemoration of Bishop Samuel

HH Pope Tawadros II attended the celebration held by the Bishopric of public, social services and ecumenical on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Samuel, the first bishop of public and social services. The ceremony which was attended by a number of Bishops included a presentation of a documentary film about the life of Bishop Samuel as well as Dr.kamal Morris speech on behalf of the family of Bishop Samuel in which he thanked the Pope for his presence at this joyous celebration. Bishop Pachomius, Bishop of Beheira and Matrouh and five western cities delivered an emotional speech about his memories with Bishop Samuel at the beginning of his service as a young man and Bishop Samuel interest in pastoral and development work as well as his devotion thoughts. Bishop Yolios, bishop of public and social services, granted Bishop Pachomius Anba Samuel Shield of development. At the end, HH Pope Tawadros II delivered a speech in which he recalled one of Bishop Samuel sermons that influenced His Holiness, The sermon title was (together) and was about the importance of teamwork. Then the Pope distributed souvenirs to the audience.

Diakonia and capacity building

Coptic Center for Human Recourses Development

Enhancing the performance level of BLESS staff members, community development leaders and other NGOs staff members.


Coptic Center for Social Studies

Raising awareness on the various dimensions of citizenship, civil state and peaceful co-existence for BLESS staff members and community development leaders .


Coptic Center for Public Relations

Assist BLESS staff to network with other development organizations for the exchange of experience and knowledge.


Charity Program