1 July 2011

Eritrea: Bishop Calls for Creation of a Scholarship Fund

Nairobi — Rt Rev Menghesteab Tesfamariam of Asmara, Eritrea has called for the establishment of a scholarship fund in each diocese in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region to help poor students.

Rt Rev Tesfamariam was speaking in Nairobi on June 30 during the organization's 17th Plenary Assembly and 50th golden jubilee in Nairobi, Kenya where he urged the church leaders to become versed with day to day lives of the people and to appreciate higher education and scientific research.

He said that the golden jubilee should strengthen efforts and open new ways in the church's commitment to new evangelization.

The cleric who focused on the theme for this year's assembly: AMECEA evangelizing in solidarity said, "The church in the region needs to be credible in order to offer people life giving evangelical values and to practice what she preaches."

"There must be full congruence in what is taught and what is practiced in daily lives," he said.

Rt Rev Tesfamariam also said that people want to see the church show her prophetic courage by standing up for the unjust and oppressive forces in the AMECEA region and worldwide.

"Can we honestly say that we are free from those evils that afflict our region such as ethnic prejudice, witchcraft and evil spirits, corruption, abuse of power and greed?" he posed.

He advised that clean hands and pure conscience will play a positive and constructive role in shaping peoples destiny.

In conclusion the cleric remarked that secularization, religious fundamentalism, persistent conflict, HIV /AIDS pandemic and Malaria are some of the problems that continue to haunt the region.

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