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Coptic Orthodox Church Congregation

  • 4 million COC members in Cairo,
  • 5 million members in Upper Egypt
  • 2 million Lower Egypt and frontier governorates
  • 1.5 million in Alexandria
  • 2 millions in Europe, Africa, North and South America.
  • 50% of the congregation live rural and para urban areas.
  • Note: These statistics are showing the breakdown of the number of Coptic Orthodox Church members in the major cities and regions in the country. Moreover, the numbers outside Egypt.

Who We Are?

The Coptic Orthodox Church{ COC } is a very old church, it was established by Saint Mark who came to Alexandria, Egypt in the first half of the first century.
He also extended his evangelical work to other parts in North and East Africa; among which is the Ethiopian church witch is the closest church to COC.
The Word Coptic is being used to refer to an “Egyptian”. However, in the last few decades, it is being used to refer to a Christian Egyptian.
The Coptic Congregation makes the biggest absolute number of Christians in the Middle East.

Statistics on COC

  • The church has 130 bishops, 33 are outside Egypt (16 in Europe and the rest are in Africa, South America, USA and Canada)
  • 4,000 priests, 400 are serving abroad
  • COC has 2,500 churches in Egypt in addition to 400 outside the country
  • Cairo, has 400 churches, Alexandria has 70 churches
  • The church has 130 bishops, 33 are outside Egypt (16 in Europe and the rest are in Africa, South America, USA and Canada
  • 4,000 priests, 400 are serving abroad
  • COC has 2,500 churches in Egypt in addition to 400 located in 60 other countries.
  • Cairo, has 400 churches, Alexandria has 70 churches
  • Note: These are statistics that are showing the size of Coptic Church services inside and outside Egypt. The number of bishops and priests was almost doubled during the last three decades which points out to the magnitude of the service extension. The number of churches outside Egypt is currently 400 whereas, it was close to 10 in the early seventies.

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.

Historical Background

On June 2nd, 1985 Metropolitan Serapion was assigned to lead the organization and he built a lot of systems, recruited professional staff and equally performed in the arenas of ecumenical, social and community development services. Early 1996, Bishop Youannes took over and he emphasized on charity work and created the new approach of Comprehensive Integrated Development (CID). In July 2015, Bishop Yolios was assigned to lead BLESS. He gave special attention to community development work. He started updating BLESS bylaws, statues and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). He formed an advisory board for BLESS and started a new effort to reposition BLESS as a faith based organization serving Egyptian needy communities. In an endeavor to enhance proficiency, BLESS has recruited a team of outstanding professionals (advisory committee) to provide programmatic, management and administrative advice. In addition, an experienced Executive Director was assigned to lead the staff and team-up with HG Bishop Yolios. The committee is mandated to advise BLESS’ leadership on programmatic, management or administrative matters. The volunteer committee includes top notch Egyptian experts in the areas of program development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, human resources and financial management.
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.
4,640 houses accessed potable water.
3,428 houses has established pit latrines.
2,418 houses have accessed the national electricity power network.
4,323 houses acquired strong roofs.
5,084 houses benefited of repairs of floor and walls.
6,853 beneficiaries implemented income generating projects.
7,373 trainees attended vocational training courses.
4,232 people got employment opportunities.
84 rural clubs were established.
104 daycare facilities and 84 child clubs were established.