Ethiopia Elects New Leader for Orthodox Church (AP)

February 28th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s orthodox church has elected a new leader of the influential body in the predominantly Christian nation. Abune Matias, 71, was Thursday named the 6th Patriarch of the church officially known as the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

Abune Matias, currently serving as Archbishop of the church in Jerusalem, accepted the appointment.

The election comes amid disputes surrounding the leadership of the powerful church, which boasts of some 40 million adherents, and a long history of conflict with the central government.

The Ethiopian church was under the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. In 1959 it broke away to be independent and started appointing its leaders.

  1. Zerayakob Yared
    | #1

    The only good thing Haile Selassie did in life was,after Telling that Egyptian, “ሃገራችን ሰላም ስትሆን ልትገዙን, ጠላት ሲወረን ግን ከጠላቶቻችን ጋራ ልትመሳጠሩብን!” እና ከዚያም ወደ አገሩ መላኩና ከዚያን በኋላም በፓትርያሪክነት ስም ጠላት ግብፅ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ እንዳይመጣ ማገዱ ነው!

    አዲሱ ፓትርያሪካችንም እየሩሳሌም ውስጥ ንብረታችንን ሊጠናወቱ ከሚፈልጉ ግብፆች ጋራ ኢትዮጵያን በመከላከል ግብግብን ሲያካሂዱ የነበሩ ናቸውና ቡራክያቸው አይለየን! እንደ ቀድመዎቹም ቅድምያን ለንዋይ ሳይሆን, ቅድምያን ለምድረ ፅዮን ህዝባቸውና አገራቸው ኢትዮጵያ ይታያቸው ዘንዳ እንፀልይላቸዋለን! አሜን!

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    “The only good thing Haile Selassie did” shame on you. How do say the “only”? what about establishing the renowned ” Ethiopian airline”

  3. Oda Tulu
    | #3

    This is an illegitimate election and therefore Aba Matias is unacceptable as a Patriarch because he was excommunicated.

  4. Besmeab
    | #4

    Live the believers alone, do not divide the Orthodox believers inside the country and outside. If you have power trust or political hidden agenda go outside the church and resolve your issue.
    Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo church and its believers have been there and will be there for the coming century.


  5. aha!
    | #5

    This article is only a news as to what took place with regard to the election of the election of the sixth Patriarchof Abune Matias, without due mention of skipping the fourth legigitimate Partriarch in exile, touching upon the anticipatory set that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church “broke to be independent from the “Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria”"for the present 40 million Orthodox Christians. Nothing less nothing more.

    What I take from this news are that to the credit of HIM Haileselassie 1st, is that of creating of independent ETOC and the reaffirmation for the Muslim Community that ” Haimanot yegile new, hagre gin yegara nat”, but to the credit of the TPLF/eprdf regime is the interference with the election process and spliting the Synod into factions: the ones that want to create peace and unity within the synod and reininstate the legitimate exiled partriach to its original seat in place of the deceased illegitimate partriarch apponted by the TPLF/eprdf regime, I presume and respect article 27 of its own constitution, so that both religions run their own affairs without the inteference of the government.

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    It’s time the 40 million Ethiopian Orthodox Church members to join their Muslim brothers and sisters and protest against the TPLF to get out of our religion. How can we expect anything good to come out from the godless TPLF and from the fake prime minister who is not a member of EOTC? How can we expect to get justice from TPLF that have caused unprecedented injustice to Ethiopians? I’m glad to notice that the injustice of TPLF is being noticed and known by outsiders. Here is an article from

    “Displacement, Intimidation and Abuse
    Land Loyalties in Ethiopia

    With the coming of industrial-size farms in Ethiopia, local people, villagers and pastoralists (deemed irrelevant to the Government’s, economically-driven development plans) are being threatened, and intimidated by the military; forcibly displaced and herded into camps, their homes destroyed. Along with vast agricultural complexes, dams are planned and constructed, water supplies re-directed to irrigate crops, forests burnt, natural habitats destroyed. Dissenting voices are brutally silenced – men beaten, children frightened, women raped, so too the land…”

  7. Zerayakob Yared
    | #7

    Anonymous aka ተደብቄ ሰደብኳቸው,

    “አንተን ከሚከፋህ ሰማይ ይታረስ” ይባል የለ!
    በቃ እንግድያውስ ሌላውን ሳታይ የሚቀጥለውን ብቻ አንብብ:

    “አዲሱ ፓትርያሪካችንም እየሩሳሌም ውስጥ ንብረታችንን ሊጠናወቱ ከሚፈልጉ ግብፆች ጋራ ኢትዮጵያን በመከላከል ግብግብን ሲያካሂዱ የነበሩ ናቸውና ቡራክያቸው አይለየን! እንደ ቀድመዎቹም ቅድምያን ለንዋይ ሳይሆን, ቅድምያን ለምድረ ፅዮን ህዝባቸውና አገራቸው ኢትዮጵያ ይታያቸው ዘንዳ እንፀልይላቸዋለን! አሜን!”
    “He will be known as 6th Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Ichege of the See of St. Tekle Haymanot and Archbishop of Axum.”

  8. ህብተ ማርያም
    | #8

    በዚህ ዎሳን ወቅት የ ኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ቢተ ክርስቲአን ወደ አንዲነት የሚአመጣትን እንጂ የሚበታቲናት መሪ አይደለም የምትፈሊገው.አባ ማቲአስ የክፍፍሉ አራማጂ እንጂ አስቁአሚ አይደሉም. በ አጤቃላይ ሚርጭኣው ዬ ቤተ ክርስቲአኑን ሕግ የጥኣሰ ኼ ቀኖና ዉጭ የተካሀደ በመሆኑ ሁሉም የ ኦርቶዶሽ አብያተ ክሪስቲአናት አይቀበሉትም በሱም አይመሩም.ትክክለግና ሚርጭኣ እስከሚካሀድ ዲረስ በ ሂጋዊዉ በሲደት ላይ ባለው ስይኖድ ይመራል

  9. sisiqui
    | #9

    We denounce and condemn the devil-appointed Hiwahat’s agent for that we pray God to pick and throw in the same grave that satan Aba Paulos was burried in.Worse,worse,worse the fate this dark-hearted Hiwhat-man shall be uglier and worse than the dead aba paulos.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    Rely what a guy you are one of the the Merara’s Group//@Anonymous

  11. Zerayakob Yared
    | #11

    The current „Ethiopian Sprit“

    „ረብሓይ ካብ ጥፍኣት እዩ! = ጥቅሜ ከጥፋት ነው !“

    ብዕሊ ዘይንገር ግን ዝትግበር ጭርሖ = በግልፅ የማይነገር ግን በተግባር እየተካሄደ የሚገኝ መፈክር !

    Founded by the BANDAS !

    Followed by the ANKOBERIANS !

    Victims are TEGARU and all other ETHIOPIANS !

    Very sad reality !!

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