Addis Ababa, 09 January, 2023 / 9:12 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia has lauded the peace negotiations in the country's embattled Tigray region and prayed for grace for the people of God in the Horn of Africa country to continue to work towards “lasting peace”.
In his message on Christmas Day, which Ethiopians celebrated on Saturday, January 7, Berhaneyesus Demerew Cardinal Souraphiel expressed the need for the people of God in Ethiopia to establish “positive relations” and peace, after experiencing a tough humanitarian crisis owing to the violence in Tigray.
“Dear people of our country, we congratulate God for hearing our prayers on time and completing the peace negotiations in the spirit of understanding and the peace of the people,” Cardinal Souraphiel said in reference to the November 2 peace agreement in Pretoria, South Africa, in which the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) pledged to “permanently silence the guns and end the two years of conflict in northern Ethiopia”.
He added, “We should work together to establish lasting peace and positive relations for all our people and people around the conflict. For this reason, may God give us more grace.”
In his Christmas message, the Ethiopian Cardinal described the day of the birth of Jesus Christ as a holiday in which the Church celebrates the full revelation of love to mankind and all creatures.