Addis Ababa, 12 September, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) have urged the people of God in the Horn of Africa nation to “individually and collectively” work towards lasting peace as the country marks its New Year on Tuesday, September 12.
Like many Eastern Orthodox churches, Ethiopians follow a 13-month calendar; they trail the western calendar by seven years and eight months. On the Gregorian Calendar, the Ethiopian New Year falls on September 11, with the exception of a leap year, like 2023, when it is marked on September 12.
In their New Year message that ACI Africa obtained Tuesday, September 12, CBCE members reflect on the state of the country that has witnessed violent conflicts, including fresh clashes between the military and local Fano militia in the country’s Amhara region that erupted in August, barely a year after the November 2022 peace agreement.
“In order to live in peace with all people in this new year we received from God, we need to prepare to fulfill our responsibilities individually and collectively to bring lasting peace to our country,” Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia say.
They add, “It is because of the war waged against us by Satan that we are supposed to work together to be a weapon of unity and peace.”