His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, who has served as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom since 1999, was enthroned this year as the first bishop of the new Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London. He is recognised for his extensive advocacy work, and as a result he was conferred the honor of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen for “services to international religious freedom.” Archbishop Angaelos has also been conferred the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Coventry Cross of Nails for Reconciliation. With a pastoral ministry spanning two decades, Archbishop Angaelos specialises in youth ministry and travels around the world to speak at youth conferences.
Having commenced his pastoral ministry in the United Kingdom in 1995 as a parish priest, he was consecrated a General Bishop in 1999 by His Holiness, the late Pope Shenouda III, with whom he served as private secretary. His Grace was Proclaimed Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, and the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church during a historic service at St. Bishoy Monastery in Wadi El Natrun, Egypt.
Archbishop Angaelos specializes in initiatives relating to advocacy, international religious freedom and development work, and is a member of numerous local, national and international bodies dealing with these matters. He is founder and convener of the Asylum Advocacy Group which works closely in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief.
Archbishop Angaelos frequently issues statements and comments relating to current religious and minority issues , with his particular focus on dialogue, con ict resolution and reconciliation. His comments and views are frequently sought on matters of human rights, civil liberties and international religious freedom, particularly in relation to the situation in Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa. He has visited refugee camps in Greece, Lebanon, Kurdistan and Jordan. He continues to work tirelessly to promote collaboration across the whole spectrum of his official, ecumenical and inter-religious engagements to facilitate the support of and assistance to those in greatest need and su ering persecution and displacement.