8 April 2007

Ethiopia: Religious Fathers Convey Easter Message

Addis Ababa — Religious leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC), Ethiopian Catholic Church, and the Evangelical Church Mekane-Yesus have conveyed massages to the faithful in connection with Ethiopian Easter being celebrated today.

The religious leaders also urged the faithful to assist the disadvantaged while celebrating the holiday and to continue on-going efforts towards the urgent and safe release of the kidnapped citizens.

In his benediction, Patriarch of the EOC His Holiness Abune Paulos said the faithful should be duty-bound to uphold the culture of tolerance, friendship, national unity, and mutual cooperation to reduce poverty, bring about rapid economic growth, and social progress.

The Patriarch said followers of the Church should celebrate the holiday by assisting the disadvantaged and denouncing the perpetrators of internal conflict and hatred.

Abune Paulos said, peace should prevail at individual, family, society, and at international level for the wellbeing of the people.

The patriarch also called on the public to actively participate in the celebrations of the Ethiopian Millennium since the Millennium is not only for Ethiopians but also the event of Africans as a whole.

The Catholic Church underscored that the peoples of Ethiopia should reaffirm commitments toward curbing poverty, illiteracy, backwardness, and diseases across the nation as of the coming Ethiopian Millennium.

Archbishop of the Catholic Church, Abune Birhane-Yesus Surafel said followers of the church should celebrate the holiday with the disadvantaged, the displaced, and with persons living with the virus.

The Archbishop called on the Ethiopian people to reinvigorate efforts toward the economic development as well as to the spiritual wellbeing of the nation.

Abune Berhane-Yesus urged all peoples of the country to reaffirm commitments toward bringing about rapid economic growth and social progress irrespective of religious, ethnic, and political differences.

Similarly, President of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane-Yesus Rev. Itefa Gobena said the faithful should pray for the wellbeing of kidnapped citizens.

Addressing the faithful in connection with the Ethiopian Easter, the president also urged followers of the Church to assist the disabled, the disadvantaged, and the displaced.

Rev. Itefa also expressed heartfelt concern for the families of the kidnapped Ethiopians who are in deep sorrow and anxiety.

The President also urged all religious leaders to exert utmost efforts toward the immediate and safe release of the kidnapped.

Rev. Itefa expressed wishes that the coming Ethiopian millennium should a time with no poverty, disease, dispute, and civil war.

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