Ethiopia: More than 25 orthodox churches burned, 100 killed the past one year August 2018/2019 year
Today, most Ethiopians Christians are Orthodox Christian or Protestant, and there is still a second majority number of Muslim flowers there. As is the case in so many other countries, all the Christians in Ethiopia are vulnerable to government harassment as well as vigilante violence. In this case, Special office secretary and Head of foreign relation Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Abune Aregawi, says: “The radicalisms are killing its own people. They are burning churches. They are attack their own brother, not want people to be Christians.”
The Ethiopian Patriarchate stated that more than 25 seven Ethiopian orthodox Churches were burned and several priests and faithful were either injured or killed. More than 25 churches have been burned down in the south part of Ethiopian area of Ethiopian Somali region, Oromia region and south nation and nationality region over the past one year, reports justified that, up to 100 more priests died and burned in the church.
Patriarch Mathias I and the Holy Synod of the Tewahedo Orthodox Church of Ethiopia have announced 16 days of fasting and prayer that precede and follow the liturgical solemnity of the Assumption of St Mary Mother of God – celebrated on 15 August – for peace and reconciliation in Jijiga and in the Somali region.
A lot dangers faces in the ancient Ethiopian orthodox christen churches.
The Ethiopian Bible Society Bahir Dar Region coordinator Aschalew Mekonnen said that about the particular challenges facing the Ethiopian orthodox church. “there are many challenges in the church, I believe God’s Purpose Behind Your Problems.
The preacher mentioned 100 main problems are in no particular order and are by no means exhaustive, and they are largely (but not exclusively) reflective of an Ethiopian orthidx church main challenge. The top ten listed here are At first glance, the link between religious extremism and terrorism seems obvious. State and religion against the backdrop of religious radicalism comes from other religion. Thirdly, the social and economic challenges facing the church and society in …. It is a body of Christ, which means that it is above “politics” while infiltrating politics …. regional order, stability, peace and security-is fundamentally a political issue.
Aschalew add that, When looking at issues of religious extremes, we are cautioned to avoid religious activism. Even religious states and the concept of religious freedom can add their fair share of intolerance between various religions. He says, “In God’s family, there are no outsiders. All are insiders. Black and white, rich and poor, Jew and Arab, Palestinian and Israeli, Roman Catholic and Protestant, Serb and Albanian, Hutu and Tutsi, Muslim and Christian, Buddhist and Hindu, Pakistani and Indian – all belong”. Aschalew points out that the Bible, when referring to Jesus, does not speak only in exclusive terms, as those who hold an exclusivist view will point out. “But is this all that the bible does say, with nothing, as it were, on the side of inclusiveness and universality, and does the exclusivist case seem reasonable in the light of human history and development?” Value of religions Now that Ethiopia has opened to the rest of the world, we are more and more being exposed to and living with a vast array of foreign cultures, and to a large extent, also religions. “We are being taught how to live with a bewildering but glorious plurality of peoples, cultures, faiths, and ideologies in a world that is shrinking rapidly into a global village where we are all neighbours” Fundamentalist, Poverty and political instability are corruption also major challenges of many Churches.
The True Ark of the Covenantis hidden in a church in Ethiopia–a small city in the northern highlands–and guarded by a single monk. Ethiopians are the keepers of the true arc of covenant.