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Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. /

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

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.”

Fr. Jorge Mario Crisafulli with Street children at the Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown, Sierra Leone. / Salesian Missions in Africa

Salesian Missions Reviews Service to Street Children in Africa on Their International Day

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.

Fr. Tesfaye Petros Botachew, the Apostolic Administrator of Gambella Vicariate. / Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat

After Ethiopia’s Gambella Bishop Succumbed to COVID-19, Vicariate Gets Administrator

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 late Bishop Angelo Moreschi of Ethiopia's Gambella Vicariate. He died of COVID-19 on March 25, 2020 in Brescia, Italy / Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat

Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicar Apostolic First Bishop Known to Die of COVID-19

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.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who was denied entry into Eritrea on February 22. /

Bishops in Eritrea Write to Protest Ethiopian Cardinal-led Delegation’s Denied Entry

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”.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. /

Ethiopian Cardinal, Church Delegates Held Overnight at Asmara Airport, Denied Entry

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.

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

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.

Pope Francis arrives for his audience with the Pontifical Ethiopian College on Saturday January 11. / Vatican Media

At Centenary Celebration of Vatican-based College with African Roots, Pope is Thankful

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.

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

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.

Nigerian Spiritan Father Kenneth Iwunna administering Holy Communion to a parishioner of Ethiopia’s Holy Cross Parish in Dhadim / Aid to Church in Need International (ACN)

In Ethiopia: Couples Evangelized, Women Empowered, Youth Exposed Despite Limited Funding

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.

Bishop Markos Ghebremedhin, Vicar Apostolic of Jimma-Bonga, Ethiopia /

Church in Ethiopia Has Fulfilled Pope’s Request, Prayed for Persecuted Orthodox Christians

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 greets Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Abune Mathias Feb. 29, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Asks for Prayer for Persecuted Christians in Ethiopia

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.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2019 /

Religious Leaders in Africa Congratulate Winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2019

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.

New Apostolic Nuncios Paolo Borgia, Antoine Camilleri, Paolo Rudelli /

Ethiopia and Burkina Faso Apostolic Nuncios to be Consecrated Bishops Friday

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.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staff and partners drawn from 19 countries at conference in Hawassa, Ethiopia / Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Ethiopia

Catholic Relief Services’ Championing of Conditions for Lasting Peace in Ethiopia Lauded

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.”