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AFRICA/ETHIOPIA – Archbishop of Addis Ababa: “peace is the only solution to the problems of the Ethiopian people”

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA – Archbishop of Addis Ababa: “peace is the only solution to the problems of the Ethiopian people”

Thursday May 2, 2024

Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) – “Behold, the King of the world has risen, let us welcome him, honor him and praise him as an instrument of peace for our country and our people in the light of his Resurrection.” With these words, Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, metropolitan archbishop of Addis Ababa, addresses the population in a message on the occasion of Easter, which will be celebrated in Ethiopia next Sunday, May 5. The country follows the Julian calendar used by Orthodox Christians. In this context, Cardinal Souraphiel, who is also president of the Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia, emphasizes that peace is the only solution to the problems of the Ethiopian people, who for years have been involved in ethnic conflicts (see Fides, 12/ 03/2020). Referring to the words of the apostle Matthew “Peace be with you” (Mt 20:19), the cardinal called on all believers to consider the cross as a source of peace. “The peace of the cross encompasses all values, the dignity of life, love, generosity, peace, justice and mercy,” the cardinal stated.
At the head of the Ethiopian Commission for Peace and Reconciliation, since January 21, 2019 and for more than two years, Cardinal Berhaneyesus called to pray for peace in the country. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 2/5/2024)


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