Tigray, 09 September, 2021 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with victims of Ethiopia’s ongoing conflict ahead of the country’s New Year Day celebrations.
In his address on Wednesday, September 8, the Holy Father sent out his best wishes to the people of God in the Horn of Africa nation and prayed that the country’s big day becomes “a moment of fraternity and solidarity” for all Ethiopians.
“New Year's Day will be celebrated in Ethiopia this coming 11 September. I extend to the Ethiopian people my most cordial and heart-felt greetings, particularly to those who are suffering due to the ongoing conflict and the serious humanitarian situation it has caused,” Pope Francis said.
He added, “May this be a moment of fraternity and solidarity so that the common desire for peace can be heard.”
Known as “Enkutatash” in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, the country’s New Year Day is celebrated on September 11 unless it is a leap year in the Ethiopian calendar, in which case it is celebrated on September 12.