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.”
On the occasion of the International Day for Street Children marked Sunday, April 12, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), joined other humanitarian and international organizations in reviewing initiatives toward street children around the globe, including Africa.
Following the demise of Bishop Angelo Moreschi of Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate, the first Catholic Prelate known to have died of COVID-19, an Apostolic Administrator has been appointed for the missionary ecclesiastical territory in the Western part of the country that is dependent upon the Vatican-based Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The Vicar Apostolic of Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate, Bishop Angelo Moreschi has succumbed to COVID-19, the first known Catholic Prelate to die of the pandemic.
Following the incident that saw the Ethiopian Cardinal and his delegation denied entry into Eritrea, being forced to spend a night at Asmara airport, Catholic Bishops in the northeast African nation have, in a letter addressed to Eritrean government authorities, expressed disappointment over the “most unfortunate incident”.
The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia, Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel and the members of the delegation he was leading spent a night at Eritrea’s Asmara airport Saturday, February 22 and returned home after they were denied entry into Eritrea, the Bishops’ Secretariat has confirmed in a statement.
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.
On Saturday, January 11, the Vatican-based institution of higher learning with African roots, the Pontifical Ethiopian College, celebrated 100 years since its inception, an event graced by Pope Francis who acknowledged with appreciation the existence of the facility in Rome.
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.
With 5,000 Euros a year, a religious missionary ministering among Ethiopia’s Borana community has been able to have an impactful apostolate that has included giving dozens of youth the opportunity to interact with peers from other cultures in inter-diocesan pastoral programs, evangelizing couples through the Sacrament of Matrimony, empowering women to become teachers of faith, among other activities that have kept faith alive in the Horn of Africa.
Weeks after Pope Francis requested prayers for persecuted Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia who were targeted in ethnic clashes in the Oromia region, leaving dozens of people dead, the Catholic Church in country has fulfilled this request and organized for prayers.
Pope Francis Sunday asked for prayer for persecuted Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia, who have been targeted in ongoing ethnic clashes that have left 78 people dead.
As various people across the globe celebrate the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for this year, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, sending him congratulatory messages, the African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL) has also lauded and celebrated the Prime Minister, known to be one of the African youngest leaders.
The Holy Father will on Friday, October 4 consecrate as Bishops the new Apostolic Nuncios to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri and Monsignor Antoine Paolo Rudelli respectively.
Church leaders in Ethiopia have acknowledged with appreciation the activities, which the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is undertaking in their country to lay foundations for lasting peace and described the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic Bishops of the United States of America as reliable partners in “emergency response and integral human development program.”