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His Holiness Abune Mathias reacts to the Massacre in Ziquala 

His Holiness Abune Mathias speaking about the tragic massacre of four monks from Zequala Monastery (Photo : screenshot from EOTC TV video)

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“The accident that happened in Zequala is very dangerous. Fathers who do not know anything else except for prayer and ascetic [life] …fathers who can not be linked to any wrongdoing had been brutally executed, killed.” His Holiness Abune Mathias said in reaction to the massacre of four monks. 

“This calls for a devoted  Eucharistic Prayer for our country. It is an act that is worrisome that is committed,… it is very very saddening. Let us all pray to our God to remove this dangerous thing from our country” he added. 

The Ethiopian church has declared prayer in reaction to the tragic incident at Zequala Monastery which is within 50 kilometers from the capital Addis Ababa. 

This week, four monks were taken from Zequala Monastery and killed by the radical ethnic oromo nationalist group. 

Members of the monastic community at Zequala have refused to eat for several days now – according to Abune Abraham – demanding a dignified (apparently in the spiritual sense of the term)  burial of the monks who have been massacred by radical ethnic Oromo armed group- that calls itself Oromo Liberation Army (OLA). The Oromia regional government on Friday confirmed the killing. 

Ethiopia’s Federal government has not yet remarked on the development. Earlier this week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made claims that “no one has done what he has done to the Ethiopian church.” He said so during a meeting with “representatives from the Amhara region of Ethiopia.”

The group Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) is believed to have a clandestine link with government authorities and has been targeting the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) in the Oromia region. Hundreds of thousands of Orthodox followers have been killed in the Oromia region over the past five years and many churches have been burned. 

Asked why the OLA group is taking action, members of the monastic community have revealed that the armed group wants the monastic community to leave the “Oromia region.”  In addition to extensive massacre of civilians, the group is linked to ransom kidnapping which has become prevalent in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.  

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1 COMMENT

  1. Who built the monastery? The Ethiopian Orthodox faithful with the support and guidance of their Servant Holy Fathers with the Blessings of the Almighty!!! When was it built? Somewhere around the 12th century. A collection of hoodlums barely 50 years old called the OLA HAS ZERO RIGHT TO DEMAND ANYTHING FROM ANYBODY IN ETHIOPIA!!!

    There is no other entity called Shene either. Sheen is the militant p, murderous wing of abiy ahmed the butcher, led by a repulsive thug and brain dead moron called shimeles!!!

    Emperor wanna be imbecile abiy ahmed aka, his excellency dr, pastor, pm abiy aka አፈቅቤው ሆደ ጩቤው ሊቀ ደናቁርት 7ኛ ጨ የመሃይማን ሊቀ ሊቃውንት ዶማ ራስ aka ሞ ላባ ፒኮክ ዘ እምነ ነገደ በሻሻ ስዪመ ዲያቢሎስ ንጉሰ ነገስት ዘኦሮሙማ እባክህ ማውራት እንጂ መምራት ስላልቻልክ how about resigning now!!!!!!

    In the so called 2020 Ethiopian election pp won that is stole 97% of the election. Still, the despot could not even leave this tiny minority of opposition party members alone. He had to imprison them jail them and torture them. So insecure, so in love with his throne and stolen public money. What an embarrassment!!!!!!

    JUST GO AWAY!!!!! AND STOP YOUR BLUBBERING!!! NOBODY WANTS TO LISTEN TO YOUR LYING, NAUSEATING AND TEAR JERKINGLY BORING MUMBO JUMBO, CRAZY MAN!!!!!!

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