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Ethiopian Church calls for peaceful demonstration if gov’t not acting in the next 7 days 

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The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) on Saturday released another statement regarding.

This time it condemned government killings of members of the Ethiopian church and abuse of Archbishops in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. 

At least two were killed and four others wounded on Saturday, in Shashemene, when Oromia regional special forces opened fire on a crowd who were protecting St. Michael Church from being taken by the illegal group.

The Holy Synod also set a date for peaceful protest if the Ethiopian government fails to take practical actions to reverse the illegal activities by the illegal group.  But the government has until February 12 to address the problem. 

The full statement from the Holy Synod is shared below :

“In the name of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.

A proclamation issued by the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church led by the Holy Spirit in the urgent plenary session that was held on January 18,2015 E.C was able to understand that the church is being raided by individuals that call themselves “Holy Synod of the Oromia and Nations and Nationalities” under the leadership of an individual whose former name is ‘Abba Sawiros’, and with the support of the special force of the government, by invading and breaking them, they are not legally relevant and they do not have rights and benefits. Until the day this statement was issued, the administrative offices of the church dioceses in various regions and areas governed by the federal government, where they perform their rituals, were illegally removed from the administrative offices.

It is known that the government, apart from maintaining peace and security, has restricted the right to life and physical safety and the right to movement, and has held the bishop Bistuh Abune Estifanos hostage. Btshu’e Abune Yared’s citizenship rights were illegally violated and he was forced to leave his diocese by arresting and harassing him in the midnight. Also, by sending threats to the bishops of different dioceses not to go to their respective dioceses, a very sad and damaging act is being done to the dignity and majesty of our church. In addition, Our church is deeply saddened by the government’s failure to fulfill its responsibilities by illegally arresting priests and parishioners. In addition, due to the fact that the government ignored the repeated reminders given by our church, in Shashemene city of West Arsi Diocese, the illegals attacked the Holy Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Debre Sebhat St. Michael’s local church. A public murder was committed in a brutal manner. An unknown number of other devotees were also seriously and lightly injured.

Therefore, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church passed the following decisions in the emergency meeting called by the Holy Synod.

1.      The Holy Synod has strongly condemned the illegal arrest and harassment of Archbishops Diocese Managers, Department Heads, Priests, ministers and believers of the church.

2.      The church absolutely condemns the illegal human rights violation and the brutal death of the believers who came out to protect the church On January 27, 2015 E.c at the parish church of Saint Michael in Shashemene city, West Arsi diocese; The Holy Synod decided that justice should be done in all localities by making appropriate synodal and religious prayers.

3.       It is recalled that in the decision and statement of the Holy Synod on January 26, 2015 E.c all the followers of the church should fast in Nnewi for the entire fasting period and by wearing the black dress.

3.1.  For this, it is necessary to draw up a detailed implementation guide. The Synod decided, For 3 days starting from January 29, 2015, all the priests and laymen in the churches of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church all over the world should wear all black clothes to lead and follow the prayer rituals in the churches and monasteries.

3.2.  In any activity, by wearing this black dress, you should actively carry out the decision of the Holy Synod; However, after the Holy Synod announced this international schedule of prayers and vows, as we understand that black clothes are being taken out of the market in various cities, the Holy Synod has decided that you should use the same clothes you have and carry out the decision of the Holy Synod in all your activities.

3.3.  During these days, the Holy Synod decided that the service should be performed with a loudspeaker and that the service should be performed at full time during the seven hours of prayer, and that the echoing work should be done by ringing the bell for five minutes continuously during the same hours.

3.4.   The Holy Synod has decided to follow up and implement the parish councils of the district church and local churches in every diocese.

3.5.  We call upon Oriental Orthodox churches All religious and social institutions and individuals who know and support the truth to stand together in support of the call of our Holy Church.

4.      In these times of prayer and fasting, If the hardened hearts will not come back to their senses and listen to the call of the church.,

4.1.  The Holy Synod decided that a peaceful demonstration should be held in one place, accompanied by singing and swearing.On February 5, 2015, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church priests and believers in the country and abroad, from 11:00 a.m. in their local churches until 1:30 a.m. After the liturgy, at 2:00 a.m. Churches ring the bell at the same time and make all the believers to gather until 2:30 in the morning, starting from each area and honoring the ark at the baptistery or cross square;

4.2.  The Holy Synod urges you to make preparations knowing that we will inform you in a short time about the detailed instructions for the implementation of this peaceful demonstration.

5.      The Holy Synod urges to realize that any government security force has the duty to provide appropriate protection, realizing that its activities are peaceful during any period of service in which it fulfills the peaceful demands ordered by the church;

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Holy Synod

January 27, 2015 [Ethiopian Calendar]”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. “”””” Btshu’e Abune Yared’s citizenship rights were illegally violated””””

    Do you think EOTC have the divine right to violate citizenship rights of Oromia Bishops ?

    You are fasting and wearing black dress and you are simultaneously defaming , insulting bishops and ploting against bishops, priests and all non-Amhara church followers .It is God who judges and knows who will be martyr but people who are defaming and insulting bishops and all NOn-Amhara laity will not inherit Kingdom of God. WE firmly believe all laity who serve God honestly and follow the path of God will inherit God’s Kingdom. THose bishops who are inciting the laity will never never inherit Heaven, because they are provoking violnce for their econmic benefit and power in the name of religion, one synod and one Patriarch. Patriarch mean father or chief of a clan or tribe . WE can have several patriarchs.

    Ye are Hypocrite , not children of God but followers of Fano who killed our people Oromo.

    Abiy Ahmed is your moses and he is still doing the right thing. He can’t serve one tribe and ignore the other. He is not your Bishop. YOu are corrupted sorcerers!! Stop provoking amhara to engage in violence with his brother Oromo who is the child of one church one religion. EOTC synod is responsible for every killing and damage, because they are preaching violence and hate fo their power and econmic benefit. No one will be martyr for fighting against with his brother in the same religion. Stop driving amhara to clash with any Oromo or any tribe!!

  2. We advise you to change your move and choose dialogue on behalf of demonstartiona nd violence . You can’t be a martyr(Semaiit) by fighting with Oromo Orthodox Tewahedo believers who share the same religion and country with you all. YOu can’t inherit Kingdom Of God by defaming, insulting our bishops or any one. This is not part of Christian ethics.
    You were supporting all foreign forces and islamic states supporting Abiy Ahmed . You were also supporting the killings of Oromos by Fanos brutally. You must exploit the fasting days to repent and come to your senses and ask forgiveness from your brothers and sisters of the same religionand all citizens that you may offended before. There is no biblical verse that encourages to fight for power and economic interest fo bishops . It is suffice for these bishops to earn small amount of money that is adequate for survival . They are helding rich people as their children of confession and they amass big money every great religious feast. Don’t equate christian martyrdom with dying for financial interest of Bishops .
    Where there are 2 or 3 people , there is Savior Christ and we believe there exist a church. You can’t say church is disintegrated and Ethiopia is destroyed because Oromiayaa established its own ecclesiastical administration .YOu can’t oppress Oromiyaa and block them from fully exploiting their language. You can’t justify yourself by saying “everyting that lasts 1800 years and should still stay intact. Coptic church was colonizing our people and stealing our resources in th from of gifts and payments , and that corrupted system has been removed for ever. And likewsie, amhara elites hegemony should not be mainatained in Oromiyaa. However, We love Amhara christians and non Christioan ordinary people as they have contributed to our church directly and indirectly while we oppose strongly those who want use the church for econmic and political gain stealthly and secretively like socalled mahibrekidusan , mahibreseytan aand fanos who killed our people and do desecrated our church by performing military training in our church and hinding weapons inside church yard.

    Last word, stop putting children, elders and mothers into your violent demonstration summoned by your selfish synod dominated by amhara religious elites who want to twist the government for their own sake by suppressing the rights of revered Oromo to be led by his/her own people and not to use his or her own lovely language. BIble advises discussion, reconcilation and respect to one another but not demonstartion , defamtion and insult and all other irreligious acts you doing now. Remember for every damage, loss of lives , Ethiopain Orthodox synod leaders and ring leaders of the demonstration should be held accountable. Remeber many people died due to suffocation and chaotic stampede without any sort of reaction from officers and government forces. Don’t put indanger the lives of poor naive Orthodox Church Tewahedo belivers, our brothers and sisters, children, mothers, elders, vulnerable people suffering heartattack and etc

    Revered people of Oromo , regardles of your happines when we were suffering and kileld by fanos, urge you to come to dialogue and solve current problems without being selsfish and imposing your economic interest. WE are asking to use our language and choose our own leaders born to Oromiyaa . Don’t be suppressive and remember we are asking our own resouces and we are living in our land. You are imposing your interest upon Oromos who live in their own land!!! Come to your senses and behave as christians and don’t be taken away by carnal selfish lust

  3. ሁለት ወዶ አይሆንም! አብዛኛው አማራ [በተለይም ጎጃም እና ጎንደር] – ለኦሮሞ ያለው ንቀት እና ጥላቻ – አይጣል ነው! የኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስትያን አብዛኛው ሹማምንት ደግሞ አማራዎች ናቸው!

    1). ከጥቂት አመታት በፊት – አክራሪ የኦሮሞ ዘረኞች – “የብሔር እኩልነታችን ስላልተከበረ – ኦሮምያን መገንጠላችን ነው!”- ሲሉ — የአማራ አክራሪ ዘረኞች ደግሞ – ኦሮሞን ይወዱ ይመስል – “አክራሪው ኦ.ነ.ግ. – ኢትዮጵያን ልያፈራርሳት ነው!” ብለው – ብዙ የተቃወሞ ሰልፎች ጠሩ!

    2). የዛሬ ሁለት አመት ገደማ ደግሞ – በእነ ጃዋር የተደገፉ የኦሮሞ ቄስ – “ኦሮምያ ውስጥ ቅዳሴ እና ስብከት በኦሮሚኛ መሰጠት ስላለበት – ከኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስትያን ተገንጥለናል!” – ሲሉ — የአማራ አክራሪ ዘረኞች ደግሞ – ኦሮሞን ይወዱ ይመስል – “አክራሪው – የእነ ጃዋር ቄስ – የኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስትያን ልያፈራርሳት ነው!” – ብለው – ሌላ ብዙ የተቃወሞ ሰልፎች ጠሩ!

    3). አሁን ደግሞ – እነ አባ ሳዊሮስ – “ለኦሮሞዎች እና ለደቡብ ሕዝቦች – ቅዳሴ እና ስብከት በቋንቋቸው ይሰጥ! ሹመት እና ምደባ ከአማራ ዘረኝነት ይፅዳ! ለሐገረስብከቶች ያለ አድሎ በቂ ገንዘብ ይሰጥ! ኦሮሞዎችን እና ደቡብ ሕዝቦችን በቋንቋቸው የሚያስተምሩ መድበናል!“-ሲሉ-

    ወደ አክራሪ አማራዎች ማሕበርነት የተለወጠው – “ማሕበረ ቅዱሳን” ደግሞ – ”አክራሪ ኦሮሞዎች – ቤተክርስትያኗን እያፈራረሷት ስለሆነ – ጥቁር ልበሱ፣ ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ውጡ፣ ወዘተ” – እያሉ ነው! መልካም ዕድል!!!

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