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Ethiopian Patriarch tearful message for followers of Orthdox church

  • Ethiopian Patriarch Abune Mathias seem to have lost confidence in the capability and/or willingness of Ethiopian government to protect citizens from radical groups
  • In Bale Robe, radical groups have declared new laws, like in the tradition of ISIS occupied areas, outlawing social or economic interaction with Ethiopian Orthodox Church followers, and ethnic Amharas too.
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Ethiopian Patriarch, Abune Mathias I conveying message after the massacre of Ethiopian Christians

Ethiopian Patriarch Abune Mathias I, also Archbishop of Axum, Echege of St. Tekle Haimanot, has conveyed a message tearfully after  60 members of the church are brutally massacred by radicalized ethnic nationalists youth groups who call themselves as “qeerroo” in Oromo region of Ethiopia.

Solomon Kibriye has translated the message as follows:

“My Children, I am a religious father. I am your guardian. Nevertheless I have been unable to protect you from slaughter. I have not saved you from death. I am not a military leader. I do not have the ability to bring your killers to justice. I carry a cross in my hand, not a gun. My children, I am tearfully praying to our God about your suffering. I am also continuing to plead with the government. Today I am deeply grieved. I have the urge to weep like a child. My heart is crushed by grief. My eyes have had no sleep, but many tears. In the hopes day to day for improvement, we have been asking the government to put a stop to it. However we have seen nothing change. Instead I have caused my children to be massacred. While I was preaching to you about peace, those that do not know peace have deprived you of peace. My children do not hold a grudge on me. Do not think I am silent to your plight. I always weep for you. Lord send your Judgement, or come down to us. Rather than showing me the suffering of my children Lord, please bring my death closer. I have not been able to defend my children from what is being brought upon them. See it and render Your judgement.”

Thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Church followers are displaced in some parts of Oromo region specially in Bale Robe and Dodola, Arsi, and are currently taking refugee in Churches.

Government claims that the security situation in those places is improved following the deployment of the Ethiopian Defense Force. However, residents say that they do not feel safe and still facing threats. Also, the government claims that it is arresting those who were involved in violence but there are reports the arrest, specially in Mojo, is actually targeting those were trying to protect themselves from Qeerroo attacks.

Prelates of the Ethiopian orthodox Church seems to have lost faith the government’s capability to protect Ethiopian Christians and in the capability to the government to enforce rule of law.

Ethiopian church dioceses in the country and abroad held prayer service on Sunday for those who were brutally massacred by radicalized ethnic Oromo youth groups called,Qeerroo, this past week in several towns in Oromo region of Ethiopia.

It was after the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian church decided on Saturday that the service was held across all Ethiopian church dioceses the world over.

“…we are commemorating and praying for those who thought that they were living among fellow humans but were unexpectedly devoured by wolves…” Archbishop Elias said in his sermon at the Holy Trinity Menbere Tsebaot Church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where archbishops attended the memorial service.

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Prayer service at Kiddist Selassie ( Holy Trinity ) Menbere Tsebaot church in Addis Ababa. Photo credit : Hara Tewahdo

He used the name “wolves” as euphemism in what seems to be an effort to avoid calling out names of radicalized ethnic Oromo youth group, qeerroo, whose coordinators are seemingly receiving orders from radical ethnic Oromo Nationalist activist, Jawar Mohammed, who used to be based in Minnesota,USA.  

Video and pictures circulating on social media shows archbishops who were attending the prayer service at the Holy Trinity Church weeping.

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  1. ortothox ,ortothox,………..
    you have to resist ,realize what you deserve of killing,and displacing .
    remember,nearly four censuries somali community have felt of pain atrocities,considered as second class citizens by Amhara and tigre brutal regimes

  2. You hypocrites

    Is it a prayer for amhara people in the church of amhara ?

    I donot believe in that kind of prayer which conducted by killers, priests and bishops using metete supersitition which is harder than bullet and knife, .

    thank you ver much

    • That church is the reason why you are able to maintain your native culture against foreign intervention. Otherwise you would have been colonized by some European force and speak their language. You might say that is better. Well, look at other African countries and how they bow to white people.

  3. Is he running to get elected and maintain power or just concerned for the people dying ? He was the one fuled the killings in 1997 and left to US after letting others dying with the fire that he alreday ignited.

    All people who enter the political arena are stone-headed and donot worry for the life of innocent ppl if it helps them to ascend to the throne.

    Most powerful criminals outside the bar, jails. This is including all people , Melese, mengistu , Abiy and all other diasporas in and out who were killing innocent people

  4. zimitawun sebre, zeber zena , ikilikun negerw, asdengach zena

    asdesach zena wezet eyalu sew bekara tardo yantsuhan dem bekentu sifes wenjelegnoch be youtube yinegidalu

    It is very terrible and heartbreaking to see people doing thier business promoting thier genocide via youtube.

    Some say we have aa happy news, urgent info, breaking news, Abiy has broken his silence, he unveiled or revealed the secret of TPLF or Jawar are the titles used by exteremist and youtbers to do their filthy staff of business while innocent people are dying

    Donot waste your time watching these videos donot be victims they are moking at you

    it is all nonsense and redundant and just a mere title but th video is empty vessle

  5. For the past year or so Kinijit political party cadres walked around Addis Ababa collecting supplies then giving Querrro notepads , ink pens , headphones , mobile cell chargers , cell mobile phones and USD cash so Querro excutes a coordinated attack , this recent attack was just a practice attack, the real big coordinated attack is yet to come.Kinijit is hoping to start a turmoil that will let the Kinijit continue being acting wrong. Kinijit vowed not to repeat
    wrongness, but is doing in its power to let wrong continue .Kinijit is wrong .

  6. Please stop insulting eachothers and igniting ethnicbased violence Please stop it!!!

    To be honset you are not amhara. I have read 1000 of your comments for the last 3 to 5 months , you just keep on insluting Oromo. You are the one setting fire on your own tribe, amhara. I am afraid, you are not genuine amhara . I am not refering to your Amhara DNA, but your bad and cruel mentality.

    Stop insulting oromo, Amhara, Tigray and other revered Tribes ; and others. I do know amharas working with killers . They donot care for thier won tribe as far as they collect money from the ruling party, be it TPLF or Abiy’s.

    Stop stop …..stop insulting. I am responding to you very kindly and friendly.

    There are many tigreans who killed thier own tribal members and even freedom fighters. Habesha just want to live for himself , may be he fight for his family but not ffor his tribe ti that extent.

    Donot generalize please. I myself have been tortured by TPLF gand members but I still donot condemn them since my problem is not with the whole tribe . I donot hate amhara, oromo or any other tribe. I will still fight against anyone who want to kill innocent amhara, oromo, Tigre any other tribe;

    Stop shedding the blood of innocent people and worshipping those whites fueling genocide in a conspired manner.

    thank you

  7. Your article is extremely biased and absoulute ethno nationalist want us to believe that the killing is only one sided. You can not advancr your amhara nationalism by calling other group violent and extremist. I have seen destruction on both sides. I have been a visitor to the three mentioned towns namely Adama, Robe and Dodala for the last three days and I am stuck in one of the town due to security concerns. Please do not make a religious issue to advance your course. The so called upper class people have always used poor people for their own greed and ethnic prejudices, it has nothing to do with religion it has everything to do with hatred created by people at the top from both sides. It has everything to do with so called activists from both sides. They use uneducated and less privileged to advance their twisted ideology. Many innocent lives have been lost . So sad ! ! ! . Keep up with your nonesence one sided amhara nationalism and we will see how far you can go.
    Your idea of alienating the Islamic community by calling them extremists will never work. The western countries have tried and failed miserably and you think poor country like ethiopia with a population of about 50% of muslims will succeed by marginalizing half it’s population.You are nothing but a dreamer, you need to wake up from your self induced coma and face reality.

    The distraction of the country will affect all. GOD HELP US ALL

  8. fake crocodile tears

    He is afraid of people for whom he is working for

    This is a fake story fabricated by elites and liars like Taye Bogale and his ancestors back in 1500s centuries.

    There are many fake stories about EU , US and other countries to hide the massacre and abuse committed by elites and politicians. Do you people who came to kill us they are revered as heroes by their own people????

    You could even write gedil, hagiography or decare him as a saint . We have now many fake saints from abroad and inside.

    Priests want to set up a church for thier own and attract gullible people from every where . This how they make thier living by lying to us and create fake sacred books. I observed many things back home and here in US.

    I can give you so many evidences about this . I hope you will call me heretic or atheist , Or 666. I donot give a toss!
    I am thiest but I donot take these all fake denominations asrightful religious entities rather worldly ones;

    stop spreading fake stories. Libne dingil was cursed and evil man abusing his subjectsperiod

  9. monasteries IN USA to bring metetamoch, tenkoyoch ye neftegna political cadrewoch

    IT looks like amhara is working to empower himself by stealing th resources back home in different pretexts.

    I have never seen a monk or bishop who is a real godly man. A mere pious cats are everywhere .

    It is a good idea when it come to preserve amhars hegemony. Church , nowadays , are best place to maintain intelligence and security stuff and keep snookers in the guise of monk and pastor.And most importantly to robe gullible people and make ones living while people are struggling to keep the wolf from the door. hahaaa


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