The21NewMartyrsOfLibyaSmallPope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church has recognized the 21 men martyred in Libya as saints. His Holiness Pope Tawadros II announced the inclusion of the 21 Coptic New Martyrs of Libya in the Synaxarium of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Every year, they will be commemorated on 8 Amshir in the Coptic calendar, which corresponds to 15 February in the Gregorian calendar, the same day as the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple.

Their names are:

St. Milad (Milad Makeen Zaky)
St. Abanub (Abanub Ayad Atiya)
St. Maged (Maged Solaiman Shehata)
St. Yusuf (Yusuf Shukry Yunan)
St. Kirollos (KIrollos Shokry Fawzy)
St. Bishoy (Bishoy Astafanus Kamel)
St. Somaily (Astafanus Kamel) 
St. Malak (Malak Ibrahim Sinweet)
St. Tawadros (Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros)
St. Girgis (Girgis Milad Sinweet)
St. Mina (Mina Fayez Aziz)
St. Hany (Hany Abdelmesih Salib)
St. Bishoy (Bishoy Adel Khalaf)
St. Samuel (Samuel Alham Wilson)
A Worker from Awr village, name unknown
St. Ezat (Ezat Bishri Naseef)
St. Loqa (Loqa Nagaty)
St. Gaber (Gaber Munir Adly)
St. Esam (Esam Badir Samir)
St. Malak (Malak Farag Abram)
St. Sameh (Sameh Salah Faruq)

Axios. Axios. Axios.

Their courage and bravery gives us all an example of true faith and how to be a true whitness for Christ.

May their prayers be with us all. 

Amen.

Icon by Tony Razk

Source: LA Copts


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