"Fatal schism in Ethiopia: 10 dead"

"Fatal schism in Ethiopia: 10 dead"

 

"Fatal schism in Ethiopia: 10 dead"

Schism in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church: Dozens of dead

In recent days, more than 30 Ethiopian Orthodox Church worshipers have been killed by security forces in the Oromia region, due to tensions between a breakaway faction and the main church. Local news site Addis Standard reports that 19 people were also injured in a clash with security forces.

The church calls for fasts and prayers

The church leadership had called on worshipers to dress in black and observe three days of fasting and prayers in response to the formation of a "new holy synod" by three dissident archbishops from the Oromia region. This new synod anointed 26 additional bishops in the Oromia region.

« Schisme fatal en Éthiopie: 10 morts » TELES RELAY
"Fatal schism in Ethiopia: 10 dead" TELES RELAY

Arrests of priests

More than 20 priests and people supporting the position of the main church have been arrested in the Arsi Negele area of ​​the Oromia region, according to television in line Private Addis Maleda.

Ongoing trial

The main church is suing the Oromia regional government, federal and police commissions to prevent the formation of a separate synod. A federal court is expected to rule on the matter on Wednesday.

Accusations of "interfering" with the government

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has accused the government of "interfering" in its internal affairs, after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered his ministers not to intervene. He asserted that the church should solve the problem through its own mechanisms. The church wanted the government to take its side.

« Schisme fatal en Éthiopie: 10 morts » TELES RELAY
"Fatal schism in Ethiopia: 10 dead" TELES RELAY

Concern about the future of the church

There is great concern over the future of one of the oldest churches in the world, as the Holy Synod and splinter group have called for separate gatherings in the capital, Addis Ababa, next Sunday.

Tensions within the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

The religious community of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is currently divided into two warring factions, which has led to bloody clashes in the Oromia region. Security forces are accused of killing more than 30 Ethiopian Orthodox Church worshipers in the past few days, according to the private Borkena news site.

The origin of the tensions is unclear, but it seems that a splinter group, formed by three archbishops from the Oromia region, announced the formation of a "new holy synod". This new synod continued on its way and consecrated 26 bishops in Oromia.

« Schisme fatal en Éthiopie: 10 morts » TELES RELAY
"Fatal schism in Ethiopia: 10 dead" TELES RELAY

Arrests and charges

Priests and supporters of the main Ethiopian Orthodox Church position have been arrested in the Oromia region, according to Addis Maleda, a private online television. The Mainstream Ethiopian Orthodox Church has sued the Oromia Regional Government, Oromia Federal and Police Commissions to prevent the establishment of a separate Holy Synod. A federal court is scheduled to rule Wednesday on the matter.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has also accused the government of interfering in its internal affairs, after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered his ministers not to get involved in the issue. The prime minister said the church should solve the problem on its own. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church, however, wanted the support of the government.

« Schisme fatal en Éthiopie: 10 morts » TELES RELAY
"Fatal schism in Ethiopia: 10 dead" TELES RELAY

Calls for separate gatherings

The future of one of the oldest churches in the world is now in doubt, as the holy synod and the splinter group have called for separate gatherings in the capital, Addis Ababa, next Sunday. The faithful of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church have been called to dress in black and observe three days of fasting and prayers.

In conclusion, the situation in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church remains tense and factional tensions continue to escalate, jeopardizing the future of this religious community. It is crucial that local authorities act to ease tensions and find a peaceful solution to this religious crisis.

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