MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER
COPTIC NEW YEAR 2020
Greetings to all who celebrate the great New Year feast of Nayrouz.
As a longstanding friend of the Coptic Church in Australia, and the Coptic community around the world, I send you my best wishes on this day of new beginnings.
When I was last among you, I spoke of love conquering hate. This belief inspires me every day, as I know it does the people of the Coptic Church.
Your great church of more than 10 million adherents, in countries all around the world, has spread a message of love for almost 2,000 years. This message has sustained and inspired you in the face of great challenges. It is this strength of purpose that makes the Coptic community so dear to me.
At this time, I want to pass on my gratitude to your community for its support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You have lived out your patriotism and your faith by comforting, supporting and encouraging each other.
My request to your community is to continue to do what is working: maintaining social distancing, washing your hands, downloading the COVID Safe app; and doing your share for your community and our nation – we are all in this together.
I want to assure you there will come a day – a joyous day – when people of faith can gather together and worship together without the restrictions of these times.
May this feast of Nayrouz be a time of renewal, hope and strength – and may God Bless you all.
The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia
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