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Berhaneyesus Demerew Cardinal Souraphiel of Addis Ababa Archdiocese in Ethiopia delivering his Easter 2023 message. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Cardinal in Ethiopia Expresses Solidarity with Families of Slain Catholic Aid Workers

Apr 17, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia has expressed his closeness to the families of two employees of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) who were killed in the Amhara region of the Horn of Africa nation.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel of Addis Ababa Archdiocese in Ethiopia. Credit: CBCE

Cardinal Urges Ethiopians to Work towards "lasting peace" in November Agreement

Jan 9, 2023

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”.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel of Addis Ababa Archdiocese in Ethiopia. Credit: CBCE

After Ethiopian Cardinal’s Call for Dialogue, Tigray Forces Agree to AU-led Peace Talks

Sep 13, 2022

Following the Ethiopian Cardinal’s call for dialogue and ceasefire after years of violence in the country’s Tigray region, members of the Tigrayan forces have said they are willing to engage in peace talks to be mediated by the African Union (AU). 

Don Bosco Children Centre in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Credit Courtesy Photo

Salesians Appeal for Prayers for Safe Release of Members Arrested in Addis Ababa Raid

Nov 10, 2021

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) are appealing for prayers to secure the safe release of their confreres who were arrested when government forces in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, raided two of their premises.     

Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia pray for an end to violence in the Horn of Africa nation. / Ethiopia Catholic Secretariat/Facebook Page.

Resolve “differences amicably, in spirit of respect, trust”: Bishops in Ethiopia

Nov 4, 2020

Following tensions between Ethiopia’s Federal government and the leadership of Tigray Regional State, Catholic Bishops in the Horn of Africa nation have appealed to both parties to resolve their differences amicably, in a spirit of mutual “respect and trust.”

Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok (left) and Abdel al-Hilu (right), the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation-North rebel group, on September 3 signed a declaration in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa that put an end to decades of Islamic rule in Sudan.

Sudan’s Separation of Religion from State a New Beginning of Faith Without Fear: Cleric

Sep 16, 2020

The decision by Sudan’s transitional government to separate religion from state after three decades of Islamic rule in Sudan marks a new era of faith in the country, a Church official told ACI Africa in an interview.

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam under construction on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Cardinal Appeals for Dialogue Over Controversial Dam Project in New Year Message

Sep 13, 2020

On the occasion of the Ethiopian New Year celebration marked Friday, September 11, the head of the Catholic Church in the Horn of Africa nation has appealed for dialogue to address tensions that surround the controversial construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Abeba (Ethiopian), Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Cardinal Highlights COVID-19 “harmful side effects,” Church’s Intervention

Jul 29, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia, Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, has highlighted the “harmful side effects” of COVID-19 in the East African country including the loss of a Catholic Bishop and increased cases of gender-based violence (GBV).

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Amid Stay-at-Home Directive, “something good can still emerge”: Ethiopian Cardinal

Jun 9, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has encouraged the people of God in the country to turn the challenge of staying at home amid COVID-19 into an opportunity for reflection “on the meaning of life” in the light of the “Word of God.”

Poster of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: February 9-10, 2020 under the theme, “Silencing arms to create conditions conducive to the development of Africa.” / African Union

“Forgive us, grant that the guns be silent, a sweet song may rise”: SECAM President to AU

Feb 11, 2020

At the two-day Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) that concluded Monday, February 10, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Philippe Cardinal Nakellentuba Ouédraogo highlighted some of the challenges bedeviling the people of God on the continent and, in his prayer, implored God for forgiveness and the renewal of hope.

Father Petro Berga presiding over an inter-religious Service to pray for peace in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia’s Catholic Church Best Positioned for “mediation work, promoting peace”: Priest

Dec 6, 2019

In the wake of ethnic violence in Ethiopia’s Oromia region in October that resulted in the death of dozens of people and the persecution of Christians in the country, a Catholic Priest  has identified the Catholic Church, which holds a minority Christian population, as best positioned for successful “mediation work” and reconciliation of the people in the Horn of Africa.