October 28, 2007

Comments: His Holiness Abune Paulos, R & B Star Beyonce

Addis Admas, a newspaper in Addis Ababa has published comments about the meeting of His Holiness Abune Paulos and R & B Star Beyonce. What do you think?

Cher Were Yaseman, amen.

Muslims in the DC Area Host Dinner for Kinijit Delegation?

Kinijit leaders Dr Hailu Araya, Ato Gizachew Shiferraw, Ato Brook Kebede and Dr Berhanu Nega held a four-hour working dinner with several representatives of the Ethiopian Muslim community in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The meeting took place in an Afgan restaurant in Northern Virginia. Wzt. Bertukan Mideksa, who was sick with flue, could not attend the meeting.

Comment: We have no objection if anyone of any religion to meet his/her political appointees. But Christians should be concerned with the recent religious developments in Ethiopia. Some time ago, some muslim representatives met with Meles, and discussed different agendas that "need immediate response". People of the same ideology are now meeting Kinijit delegation. The agenda will defiantly be in the media soon. But it is obvious, it will be about'historical' questions regarding , the role of the Muslim community etc.

Kinijit leaders should be very cautious about what they say, do and promise. They should not repeat the same fallacy EPRDF is committing: recognizing a Christian king as Muslim, criminalizing the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, etc.

Cher Were Yaseman, amen

Related Issue:
. Militant-Islam-Symptom in Ethiopia: The Taliban's "Don't Think, Speak, Listen, See" Syndrome

. Christian Masacre in Jimma Area.

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October 25, 2007

His Holiness Abune Paulos, R & B Star Beyonce in the Media

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, actress, dancer, and fashion designer. Knowles rose to fame as the creative force and lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child, the world's best-selling female group of all time. She staged her songs last week in Addis, and controverstial, she met his holiness the patriarch in Trinity Church, where he invited her to visit the country. The issue has become a talking point among Ethiopians inflaming the indignation Ethiopians have towards the current patriarch. I found an article by a certain Abebe Gelaw worth reading.
Melkam Nebab

October 19, 2007

Holy Trinity Seminary Students Demand Better Curriculum

(By Deje Selam Reporter, Addis Ababa)

Holy Trninity Seminary Students requested betterment of college curriculum. In a public protest suspending classes and regular activities, the students asked the patriarch to reply to their demand.

The students also demanded:

1. Betterment of food condition,

2. Better payment after graduation, and

3. General betterment of college admnistration.

The patriarch has promised to consider their request.

Saudi School in the US Teaches JIhad?

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said today the 23-year-old Islamic Saudi Academy in Northern Virginia is fomenting hate and religious extremism.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which advises Congress, the State Department and the president on religious-freedom issues, has issued a 30-page document saying the Saudi Embassy, which operates the 933-student academy, is violating U.S. law.

At issue are textbooks the USCIRF says contain "highly intolerant and discriminatory language, particularly against Jews, Christians and Shi'a Muslims." Its findings are based on a three-year study of Arabic-language textbooks, some of them from the Saudi Academy, by the Center for Religious Freedom in the District.


1. A couple of months ago a study made on Iranian school curriculum showed that hatred towards Christians was the basic part of their teaching system.

2. German journalists had found out that Islamic schools there have the same school system

3. The big question comes here: How about Ethiopia? What are the Saudi funded schools teaching in our country? What is the ministry of education saying about this? If they dare to do their Jihadi education system in the US, why not in Ethiopia?

Cher Were Yaseman, amen.

October 18, 2007

Dreamer helps unearth ancient Church

Posted on Wednesday 17 October 2007 - 10:57

(By Tedla Desta, Africa News reporter in Addis Ababa)

Almost a year ago, a buried church was unearthed in Ethiopia.The church has invaluable historical and cultural value. Striking is that the unearthing is initiated by a man with a dream, as Africanews reporter Tedla Desta found out.
However, he had to persue his mission and walk from the upper to the lower official’s chest of drawers but to no avail until finally he went to journalists (the 4th estate). It was then that he realized that media has actually the power to bring about change.


From this time onwards the ears and eyes of the executives, congregates and the society at large started to open very widely.

Following his insistent claim that he is being haunted by a recurrent dream, that the Virgin Mary was speaking to him about a buried temple, Kasim Alemu Ahmed, with the assistance of the government, interested people and residents of Bole Sub City, Kebele 19, finally unearthed a year ago a buried church, human remains and artefacts.

Kasim, a Muslim in his mid forties, said he has been having the same dream for the past seven years.

“I have had to go to all government offices which I thought are responsible and accountable to the matter”, Kassim said during the inauguration of the church rebuilt in a modern way, some eight months ago.

Upon reaching the area this reporter was able to see land full of trees and no sign showing there could be remains in that area.

With the help of some residents living near by, after a few days of the announcement on the media, they dug out features of a well-constructed semi-circular fence made of stones and recovered by human skeletons, giving some clue that there actually is something in that area.

These were evidences of the existence of a ‘Tsilat’ and a church at the same site, he said.

After these few sightings residents of the area however, have not taken the matter lightly on the people who made the unearthing and on him. According to Kasim, his statements were not welcomed then.

“Most residents have been adamant to believe what I have been saying. They fear the discovery of the church and whatever is in it would lead to their eviction from the area. It was not to lose their possession, and also with some secular beliefs that they were opposing us,” he asserts.

On the other hand there were many guys who stood by his side. Some gave him moral encouragement while there were others who went on paying the money he was asked by the Government in order to excavate.

“Every night in my dream, I was being directed by the Virgin Mary to uncover this house of God,” says Kassim, reminiscing about those times.

Some residents have dismissed the man’s claim of “divine guidance,” and state whatever has been uncovered could have been something left at the time of the Italian occupation.

“Community elders had accepted that I was telling the truth. I have brought the issue to the attention of the city administration, police and the Tourism Commission but none of them were willing to consider my words. The only ones to respond were journalists.”

Kasim had taken the initiative to collect the signature of willing residents for the excavation and reconstruction of the church.

“I am willing to risk my neck, that what I say is the truth and that whatever is buried here is not Italian era. Buried here, and revealed to me by the Virgin Mary is a Holy tablet (Tsilat). I may be a Muslim, but the Virgin Mary has revealed this to me,” Kasim said two years ago.

“This dream has haunted me enough. I am now asking all that are in a position to do something about this, to act and help me put this to rest,” Kasim pleaded.

Another resident of the same neighborhood, Birhanu Belachew (a Christian) also claimed that he had also dreamt similar dreams.

He bizarrely claims that certain people living closely to the area suffer from physical and mental disorders.

Long time residents of the area that Capital spoke to say that the ground over the uncovered structure was fully covered with grass and there was no clue that something else existed below it.

Church people who had come to dig out the Tsilat had reportedly gotten into disagreement about how to go on with the process.

Kasim also spoke of “inscriptions written in a foreign language” on the sword that he says was found during the excavation.

After a year and tiresome activities the said church first built in the 4th century during the time of Abreha WeAtsebeha, was dug out and officially consecrated on January 13, 2007 in the presence of high church officials, and named Dagmawi Eyerusalem Yerer Sellasie Gedam.

Now that the church is fully reestablished, tourists visit it every day in large numbers.

The church holds a number of historical and spiritual articles that are invaluable to the country.

History has it that Ethiopia was christianized in the 4th century AD by two brothers from Tyre—St. Frumentius, later consecrated the first Ethiopian bishop, and Aedesius. They won the confidence of King Ezana at Aksum. It was this church that was built during this century which lasted hidden till today and came out phenomenally.

In addition to Ethiopia being one of the earliest civilizations, it is also one of the oldest Christian nations in the world. The Ethiopian court (governing officials) was first introduced to Christianity in approximately the year 42.

“Then the angels of the Lord said to Philip, start out and go south to the road that leads down from Jerusalem to Gaza. So he set out and was on his way when he caught sight of an Ethiopian. This man was a eunuch, a high official of the Kandake (Candace) Queen of Ethiopia in charge of all her treasure.”

A visitor who first went to the place said that he was really astonished by the man’s (Kassim) gift from the Lord and the things that were found in the place.

Like this monastery many others are found all over the country, the miracles that were revealed in this location are puzzling to all. The courageous man’s attempts finally bestowed fruit.

“I have a great belief that this place has a blessing for the whole Ethiopia and even to the world. All of us have to come to this historic and fascinating place and visit it. For this to come true around 800,000 birr was invested, including labor, material and cash contributions,” he told Capital.

There are other miracles that remain to be revealed yet. But Kassim is still facing problems and discrimination from the residents of the area (farmers) who fear eviction.

The entire event has been filmed and recorded, and endeavors to make it public are underway.

October 12, 2007

Muslim scholars Reachout to Christian Leaders

More than 130 Muslim scholars have written to Patriarch Abune Paulos, Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders urging greater understanding between the two faiths. The letter says that world peace could depend on improved relations between Muslims and Christians.

It identifies the principles of accepting only one god and living in peace with one's neighbours as common ground between the two religions. It also insists that Christians and Muslims worship the same god.

History tells us that Muhammad himself wrote and dispatched a letter to different christian kings, including the Ethiopian king. The letter urged christians to convert to Islam, otherwise ....

Now after hundreds of years, another letter reached christian offices. I hope no patriarch, pope or bishop would agree with "we worship one god" fallacy and make the greatest mistake of all times.

It is clear we do not worship the same God.

Christian God:.
. One God Three Persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
. Christ is God the Son incarnate Who was born of the Virgin Mary for our salvation.

The central doctrine of the Christian faith is that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for sinners and that by accepting Christ and His Mission, one is "saved" and is guaranteed a home in Heaven. Muslims do not believe God had a Son and, therefore, no atonement for sin is necessary. Muslims believe simply telling God one is sorry and repenting of sin is enough, if one also lives up to the five "pillars" of Islam. Furthermore, according to Muslims, Jesus did not die on a cross (as Christians believe); instead, God allowed Judas to look like Jesus and Judas was crucified.

No Way!! We do not Worship One God.

I have recently read a very moving article about Islam and Christianity in Amharic. I wish all of you could see it.
Cher Were Yaseman.

October 10, 2007

Another Ethiopian Eritrean war? Pathetic! ሌላ የኢትዮጵያ-ኤርትራ ጦርነት? ዕብደት ነው!

‹‹አለባብሰው ቢያርሱ ባረም ይመለሱ›› ማለት አንዱ የኢትዮጵያ-ኤርትራ ጦርነት ጉዳይ ነው፡፡ ሲጀመር አላማረበት ሲያልቅ ሊያምርበት እንዴት ይችላል? ቀድሞም ፍቅራቸው ገደብ ያልነበረው ‹‹ወጣቶች›› ዛሬ ‹‹በመካከለኛ›› ዕድሜያቸው ሲጣሉም እንዲህ ጠባቸው የመረረ ሆነና አሁንም የሌላ ጦርነት ዋዜማ ነጋሪት ይደለቅ ጀምሯል፡፡

በእውነቱ ሁለተኛ ዙር 70 እና 80 ሺህ ነፍስ መገበር ዕብደት ካልሆነ ምንም ሊባል አይችልም፡፡ ነገሩ ለሽማግሌ አስቸግሯል፡፡ ‹‹አብረን እንኑር›› ሳይሆን ‹‹ወይ አንተ ወይ እኔ›› ስለሆነ ‹‹አንተም ተም! አንተም ተው!›› የሚላቸው ጠፋ፡፡ ቢኖርም አይሰሙም፡፡ ችግረኛ ሕዝቦች እየመሩ የሌላውን ተቀናቃኝ ስለመርዳት፣ የሌላውን ሀገር ስለመበጥበጥ መጨነቅ ምን ይባላል?

በዚህ ዓይነቱ ሁናቴ ቤተ ክርስቲያን መናገር ይገባታል፡፡ ቢሰሟትም ባይሰሟትም፡፡ መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ‹‹ደፍሮ የሚገስጽ ሰላምን ያመጣል›› ያለው ለዚህ ነው(ምሳሌ 16፣18-19)፡፡
ቸር ወሬ ያሰማን

October 7, 2007

Flight of St Mary and her beloved Son: ተአምረ ፍቅርኪ ማርያም ይገብር መንክረ

‹‹ተአምረ ፍቅርኪ ማርያም ይገብር መንክረ
እንዘ ጻዕረ ሞት ያረስዕ ወያስተፅዕም መሪረ››
(The miracle of your love does a lot of miracle/
it gets someone forget the horror of death and sweetens bitterness)

ማኅሌተ ጽጌ
This verse is quoted from the renowned hymn sung in remembrance of the flight of the holy family to Egypt and later to Ethiopia. The occasion is remembered in the Church from Meskerem 26 to Hidar 6 (Ca. Sept 7-Nov 6).


According to Matthew, when the Magi came to Herod the Great in Jerusalem and asked where the newborn "King of the Jews" was, he became paranoid that the child would become a threat to his throne, and sought to kill Him (2:1-8). Herod initiated the Massacre of the Innocents in hopes of killing the Child (2:16-18). But an angel appeared to Joseph and warned him to take Jesus Christ and his mother into Egypt (2:13). Egypt was the logical place to find refuge, as it was outside the dominions of King Herod, and throughout the Old Testament it was the standard place of exile for those unsafe in Palestine. At the time in which the story of the flight is set, both Egypt and Palestine were part of the Roman Empire, making travel between them easy and relatively safe.

During their travels, written accounts indicate that they received charity from pious strangers, but often they were without shelter, food or water. Most of the sites associated with the Flight of the Holy Family reflect some tribulation overcome by the Holy Family. For example, walking in the heat of the day, they find shade under a tree, which is blessed. When they are hungry, a palm tree bows down, offering its dates. Their thirst is quenched by local wells, or in more dire circumstances, by springs brought forth by the infant Jesus. When chased by thieves, a tree opens up to hide them. If there is no room in an inn, they sleep in a cave that miraculously appears.

The flight did not end in Egypt alone. The Holy Family, according to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church tradition, continued their journey to Ethiopia and get shelter in places such as Islands in Tana lake.

October 5, 2007

No Middle Ground as per Islam

"I think we are at war with Islam. And there's no middle ground in wars. Islam can be defeated in many ways. For starters, you stop the spread of the ideology itself; at present, there are native Westerners converting to Islam, and they're the most fanatical sometimes. There is infiltration of Islam [into] the schools and universities of the West. You stop that. You stop the symbol burning and the effigy burning, and you look them in the eye and flex your muscles and you say, 'This is a warning. We won't accept this anymore.' There comes a moment when you crush your enemy. ...
"[I]f you don't do that, then you have to live with the consequences of being crushed. ...
"I think that's where we're heading. We're heading there because the West has been in denial for a long time."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, interviewed by Rogier van Bakel, in the October issue of Reason

October 2, 2007


The venue of this festival itself, is a marvel. Flying over, one can see the naturally crude cruciform-shaped land feature of Geshen.

Girdled by sheer cliffs in all directions and with only one access, the church is perched at the top of a hill and had played a significant role in the political history of Medieval Ethiopia as the "Royal Prison."

Later, Emperor Dawit is said to have brought a piece of Christ's cross from Egypt.

Later yet, it was Emperor Zara Yacob, said to be led by the Holy Spirit who brought this treasure to it's present location at Gishen, thus the celebrations are associated with him.

The Eve of the festival falls on Oct 1 with the main celebration on the following day.

Cher Were Yaseman, amen.

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