Coptic bishop 'humbled' by OBE

Sat 13 Jun 2015
By Desmond Busteed

A bishop of the Coptic Church who regularly speaks out over the fate of Christians in the Middle East has been honoured in this year's Queen's Birthday list.

Bishop Anba Angaelos, from Stevenage, is to be made an OBE for his work trying to preserve religious freedoms.

"I'm immensely honoured and humbled by it. I really do feel it's an obligation, it's a duty for me as a Christian minister to look at religious freedom for all, because I've always said freedom is God given and only state protected," said Bishop Angaelos to Premier.

The widow of a church organist beaten to death on Christmas Eve has been appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Maureen Greaves, a Church Army lay preacher, received the honour in recognition of her services to the community in north Sheffield.

Alan Greaves was attacked in 2012 as he walked to his church in Sheffield, dying a few days later.

Despite her loss Mrs Greaves said she had been determined to keep her up the charity work among the community.

The retired social worker was walking to St Saviour's Church to play the organ for the service, something he had done for 40 years, when he was attacked.

The father-of-four died three days later in hospital from serious head injuries.

Jonathan Bowling, 22, was jailed for life after pleading guilty to the murder.

Ashley Foster, 22, of Wesley Road, High Green was sentenced to nine years for manslaughter after a jury cleared him of murder.

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