April 29, 2008

When Muslims Embrace Christianity in the U.K.

By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter

Muslims converting to Christianity is a thorny issue almost anywhere in the world, but recently U.K. media attention has focused in on the persecution of former Muslims not in foreign land but in its own backyard.

Former Muslims who convert to Christianity are threatened with disownment and violence at the hands of their own family members – much like in parts of the Middle East. But the difference is these families don’t reside in a theocratic society, but in a western country that upholds religious freedom – including the right to convert to another faith.

BBC, U.K.’s leading news network, featured several stories and programs in recent months devoted to the issue of persecution of Christian converts from Islam. In its latest feature on Monday, it highlighted real cases of England-based Muslims who convert to Christianity and the consequences that follow.

Sophia (not her real name) is from a Pakistani background but lives in east London. Her family has put extreme pressure on her to return to Islam since she converted to Christianity.

“They kept saying, ‘The punishment is death, do you know the punishment is death?” she recalled to BBC.

She ended up running away from home, but her mother found her and showed up at her baptism.

“I got up to get baptized, that’s when my mother got up, ran to the front and tried to pull me out of the water,” Sophia said.

“My brother was really angry. He reacted and phoned me on my mobile and just said, ‘I’m coming down to burn that church,’” she remembered.

Another U.K. convert case is Ziya Meral, who was disowned by his parents when they found out about his conversion.

“They said ‘go away, you’re not our son,’” Meral said. “They told people I died in an accident rather than having the shame of their son leaving Islam.”

Meral’s case is slightly different from Sophia because he was born and raised in Turey. His family still remains there. He went to England to study at a university and later became a follower of Jesus Christ.

He had planned to gently break the news to his parents, but instead they found out when they saw him on national news being described as “an evil missionary” intent on “brainwashing” Turkish children. The wild story was based on a clip of Meral eating at a Christian summer camp right before heading back to Turkey.

For converts such as Sophia and Meral, there is widespread belief by Muslims around the world that they should be punished by death.

A poll conducted by the Policy Exchange last year suggested that over a third of young British Muslims believe that the death penalty should be used for apostasy.

But several highly respected Muslim scholars are saying that the Quran does not say apostates must be punished by death. Rather, the teaching is from hadiths, or recorded traditions and sayings of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Usama Hassan, a Cambridge-educated scientist and an imam, contends that classical scholars were wrong in how they interpreted the Quran. He firmly denounces those who advocate the death penalty.

"I believe the classical law of apostasy in Islam is wrong and based on a misunderstanding of the original sources, because the Quran and Hadith don't actually talk about a death penalty for apostasy," Hassan argues.

Last year, Egypt’s top religious advisor, the Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, also said Muslims are free to change their religion and should not be given worldly punishment because it “is a matter between an individual and God,” according to Agence France-Presse.

Former Muslim turned Christian leader, Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo of the Barnabas Fund, said he is “delighted” to see the British media zoom in on the issue of conversion from Islam and the persecution of former Muslims.

“As a convert from Islam myself, part of my life’s work has been to seek to see this most cruel of laws removed from Islam, and to see that Christians like myself are given freedom to choose and believe without facing persecution and possibly death,” Sookhdeo wrote in a Barnabas e-mail newsletter Monday.

“It is good to hear imams like Usama Hassan stating clearly that he believes the classical law of apostasy in Islam is wrong and denouncing those who advocate the death penalty,” said Sookhdeo, who is also the director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity. “Finally the world is waking up to this outrage and injustice. The secular media is to be congratulated for taking up the issue.”

The Islam expert – who advises British, American, and NATO military officials on jihadist ideology – called on Christians to pray that there will be real progress in religious freedom for former Muslims in the world.


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April 28, 2008

The Joy of the Resurrection፡ እንኳን አደረሳችሁ

by H.H. Pope Shenouda III
The angels proclaimed the news of Christ's resurrection to the women saying, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but He is risen" (Luke 24: 5-6) The news of the risen Christ brought tremendous joy to the disciples, but terrified the Jewish leaders.
As much as the day of the crucifixion was painful emotionally, it was a day of salvation. However, people did not see Christ opening the doors of paradise, they only saw the suffering, insults and nails. As much as the disciples were disturbed and sad on Friday, they were very joyful on Sunday. The promise of the Lord to them was fulfilled when He said, "But I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you" (John 16:22).
Through His resurrection, they rejoiced that the resurrection is possible and realistic. He was the evidence. That is why St. John describes Him, "whom we have seen with our eyes and touched with our hands" (1Jn 1: 1). St. Peter also bears witness that "we have eaten and drank with Him after His resurrection from the dead." (Acts 10: 41). Through the resurrection, the fear of the disciples was turned into courage and indifference to all the powers that were fighting them. All their enemies could do is threaten to kill them, but what can the threat of death do to one who believes in the resurrection and has seen it!
In the resurrection, the disciples felt that they were under the wings of a powerful God. The One in whom they believe holds the keys to life and death. He is the resurrection and the life. He is the source of life, not only on earth. but eternal life also.
The disciples rejoiced because God fulfilled His promise to them, when they saw the promise of His resurrection fulfilled, they were reassured of the outcome of all the other promises, like "I go to prepare a place for you... and I will come again and take you, so that where I am, there you will be also" Jn. 14: 2-3). They believed His promise that He is with us until the end of days (Matt. 28:20). Thus, all His promises gave them power, comfort and joy.
Through the resurrection, the cross became a glorious crown, instead of a symbol of suffering. That is why St. Paul says, "I rejoice 'in weaknesses and insults and persecutions for Christ's sake" (2 Cor. 12: 10). He also says, "we suffer with Him, so we can be glorified with Him also" (Rom. 8:17).
The resurrection of Christ gave believers hope for an afterlife and for an eternal fellowship with Christ. This hope enabled them to put all their treasures in heaven and live as strangers in this world. St. Paul described life in heaven as "what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor entered the mind of man, what God has prepared for those who love Him" (I Cor. 2:9). The resurrection, then, is not an end in itself, but a means to the end which is everlasting life with God.
The disciples rejoiced for the heavenly body that comes with the resurrection. Christ will raise our bodies also as He Himself rose. Human nature will be glorified in the resurrection from death. St. Paul says that "the body which is sown in corruption will rise in incorruption, and that which is sown in weakness will be raised in power" (I Cor. 15:42-44). He also said that the Lord will change the body of humility into the image of His glorious body (Philippians 3 :21).
The disciples rejoiced because, in the resurrection, Christ revisited them. Christ spent a period of forty days with them, healing their wounds and doubts and forgiving their weaknesses. It was a period to prepare them for the upcoming mission.
The resurrection gave the Christian mission faith and confidence. Confidence in the risen Christ whose disciples lived with Him for forty days after the resurrection, showing Himself to them with many proofs and talking to them about matters of the kingdom of God. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord and their joy became a way of life for them and Christians after them.

April 25, 2008

የስቅለት በዓል በመላ ኢትዮጵያ በሚገኙ አብያተክርስትያናት ተከብሮ ዋለ

አዲስ አበባ, ሚያዝያ 17 ቀን 2000 (አዲስ አበባ) -
የስቅለት በዓል በመላ ኢትዮጵያ በሚገኙ አብያተ ክርስትያናት በጸሎትና በስግደት ተከብሮ ዋለ፡፡
በተለይ አዲስ አበባ ከተማ በሚገኘው መንበረ ጸባኦት ቅድስት ሥላሴ ካቴድራል ብጹእ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስ ፓትርያርክ ርእሰ ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት ዘኢትዮጵያ፣ ሊቀነ ጳጳሳት፣ ብጹአን አባቶች፣ መነኮሳት፣ ካህናት፣ የሰንበት ትምህርት ቤት መዘምራን እና በሺዎች የሚቆጠር ምእመናን በተገኙበት በስግደትና በጸሎት በድምቀት ተከብሮ ውሏል፡፡

በሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ምእመናን በተገኙበት ብጹእ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ የሰውን ልጅ ለማዳን የሰው ሥጋ ለብሶ ሰው በመሆን ተሰቅሎ የሰውን ኃጢአት ያነፃበትና ከፍተኛ ስቃይ የተቀበለበት እለት መሆኑን ባሰሙት ንግግር አስታዉሰዋል፡፡

እየሱስ ክርስቶስ ራሱን ቀርቶ የሰውን ልጅ የማዳን ኃይል እያለው ኃይሉን ሳይጠቀም በዚህ እለት በሰቃዮቹ መከራን የተቀበለዉ ሰዎችን ለማዳንና መለኮታዊ አብነቱን እንዲከተሉ ጭምር እንደሆነና ሰዎች ለሰይጣን እኩይ ተግባራት እንዳይሸነፉና ማናቸዉንም ችግር በልባዊ እምነትና ጸሎት በመፍታት በጎ የማሰብን፣የመረዳዳትና የትእግስት ቅዱስ ባህልን እንዲከተሉ መንፈሳዊ ጥሪ ተደርጓል፡፡

Eritrean government Sending Monks, Priests, Merigetas to Military Camps

The Eritrean government is one of the top persecutors of Christians in the world.The government is dismantling the Orthodox Church by sending the clergy of the church to military training camps, a persecution watchdog group reported.
የኤርትራ መንግሥት የቤተ ክርስቲያን አገልጋዮችን ወደ ወታደራዊ ካምፖች በመላክ ላይ ነው፡፡ ቀድሞ ከወታደራዊ ግዳጅ ነጻ የነበሩ ገዳማውያን ሳይቀሩ በአሁኑ ዙር አይታለፉም፡፡ ዕድሜያቸው ከ50 ዓመት በታች የሆኑ መነኮሳት፣ ካህናት፣ ዲያቆናት፣ መሪጌቶችና ሌሎች አገልጋዮች በሙሉ ለውትድርና የመግባት ግዴታ ተጥሎባቸዋል፡፡
የኤርትራ መንግሥት ከዚህ ቀድሞ ፓትርያርኩን በማሰር አዲስ ፓትርያርክ መሾሙ ይታወሳል፡፡ ይህንን ቅጥ ያጣ ተግባር የተቃወመችው የካቶሊክ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ብቻ ስትሆን ኦርቶዶክሳውኑ ግን መስማማታቸው ተዘግቧል፡፡ Here is the whole press release as posted on their website.
April 23, 2008 Eritrea (ICC)-
The Eritrean officials are forcefully sending clergy of the Eritrean Orthodox Church to military training camps. As a consequence, Eritrean Orthodox churches throughout the country are losing their leaders.
At the end of 2006, the Eritrean government informed churches of its decision to rescind a long-standing exemption of clerics from compulsory military service. The Roman Catholic Church in Eritrea was the only church to express vehement and public opposition to this unprecedented action. In contrast, the top leaders of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, who have been hand-picked by the government, embraced the new policy with open arms.
Eritrean officials are now forcibly recruiting church ministers into military service on a wide scale. On March 24, 2008, Eritrean officials issued replacement identity cards to a limited number of the church’s priests and deacons, exempting them from military training. The vast majority of the church’s leaders, however, who did not receive updated identity cards, are now required to go to military training camps.
The largest Eritrean Orthodox Church in the country, St. Mary, in the capital city, Asmara, had 96 ministers, but only 10 of them were issued IDs that exempted them from military training. Similarly, in rural areas, where most Orthodox churches are located, the maximum number of priests and deacons allowed to serve in any church is 10. The rest are expected to report for military service if they are under the age of 50.
In addition to churches, the new campaign also forces many in Orthodox monasteries to be conscripted into the army.
In the past, The Eritrean government has usually directed its animosity for Christians against the “unregistered churches,” which are mainly evangelical. Over half a dozen denominations have been closed since May 2002. Many of their pastors and 2,000 - 3,000 of their adherents are still locked up in prisons, military barracks, and shockingly metal shipping containers. None of these prisoners have been charged with a crime or even seen the inside of a court room. Reports from prisoners who have been freed indicate that they are held under deplorable conditions.
However, in the last two years, the government has also turned its attention on the Eritrean Orthodox Church, the oldest and most established religious institution in Eritrea. Almost 45% of the Eritrean population belongs to the Eritrean Orthodox Church. Nearly four years ago, the government began a campaign against the leaders of the Orthodox Church, especially those who were attracting increasingly larger followings of young people.
The leaders of the church who have since been locked up in Eritrean jails include: Dr. Fistum Ghebrenegus, Dr. Tecleab Menghisteab, Rev. Gebremedhin Gebregiorgis, and Merigeta Ytbarek Berhe. Two years ago, His Holiness Patriarch Antonios, then head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, became the best known religious figure to criticize the government’s interference in church affairs. The government responded by replacing him with a hand-picked pontiff. Patriarch Antonios has been under strict house arrest since then.
According to some observers of the Eritrean government, the forced conscription of Eritrean Orthodox clergy represents a systematic dismantling of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, one of the most important pillars of Eritrean society.
ICC calls on Eritrean government officials to stop interfering with the affairs of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, and to instead release all Christians who are imprisoned for their religious beliefs.

The Looming Jihad

As time passes by, the Christian world is coming closer to the final dangers of jihadist terrorism and its planed outcomes. What about Christianity in Ethiopia and now in Eritrea?
The Ethiopian government has no idea what is cooking behind its filthy politics. Erirea? It is a country whos leadership is predominantely Christian-turned-communist-atheists-now dismanteling-Christianity and doing the clearing job for the coming Islamic government there. What shame!!!
As a scholar in the filed is clarifying, the west and its intelegentia are still ignorant of the looming danger of Islam. Here is a wonderful interview and documentary entitled "Hamas VS Jews, Christians" and Jihad USA: Confronting the Threat of Homegrown Terror (Part 1-4) respectively worth viewing. Please try to grasp the gist. As the title is misleading, it is not about Hamas. It is generally about Jihad and its dangers.
Cher Were Yaseman, amen.

April 24, 2008

Tough Questions for Islam: The Challenge of Fr. Botros

By Chuck Colson
On channel al-Hayat, or “Life TV,” you will find Father Botros, a Coptic priest, discussing theology in a way that embarrasses—and enrages—Muslim leaders. His television talks are leading not only to mass conversions, but to the disempowering of radical Islam.
Recently in National Review Online, Raymond Ibrahim described the work of Father Botros. He is a bearded, bespectacled cleric who sports a large wooden cross, and his specialty is examining “little-known but embarrassing aspects of Islamic law and tradition,” Ibrahim writes. Because he speaks and reads classical Arabic, Botros can “report to the average Muslim on the discrepancies” and what Ibrahim calls “the affronts to moral common sense found” within Islamic teachings. Satellite TV and the Internet mean Butros can question Islam’s teachings in Arabic—the language of 200 million Muslims—without fear of reprisal.
Drawing on the Socratic method, Botros will ask such questions as: “Are women inferior to men in Islam?” “Did Mohammed [really] say that adulterous female monkeys should be stoned?” And, “Does sharia really teach that women must breastfeed strange men?”
Botros cites chapter and verse, so to speak, of Islamic sources, and then politely invites Islamic scholars to respond. “More often than not,” Ibrahim writes, “the response is deafening silence.” Even worse, religious experts have at times been forced to agree with Botros—“which has led to some amusing (and embarrassing) moments on live Arabic TV.”
Naturally, this drives the sheiks crazy—which is probably why there is a rumored $5 million price on his head.
Botros’s ultimate goal is “to draw Muslims away from the dead legalism of sharia law to the spirituality of Christianity.” In doing so, he is not only saving souls, but cutting at the very heart of radical Islam.
What Western critics fail to appreciate, Ibrahim says, is that the West will not disempower radical Islam by offering Muslims democracy, capitalism, secularism, materialism, feminism—or any other “ism.” Instead, we must offer them “something theocentric and spiritually satisfying.”
This is why, at the end of each program, Botros reads from the Bible and invites his listeners to follow Christ. That he is successful in this endeavor is acknowledged by none other than al-Jazeera, which complains of Botros’s “unprecedented evangelical raid” on the Muslim world.
Botros offers a great example of why we Christians must learn our own doctrines, along with those of other religions: so that we can lovingly reason with people and draw them into the kingdom of God.
Tune in tomorrow for more on how you can witness to Muslims—even if you do not star in your own television show. And do not forget to pray for the safety of “Public Enemy Number One,” who is doing a great work for the kingdom—in the heart of radical Islam.

April 22, 2008

Power, Respect and Praise be unto You O Christ!!! ለከ ኃይል፣ ክብር ወስብሐት

This is our holy week. We remind ourselves about the sufferings of Christ for us. Especially in the Ethiopian Orthodox, the clergy and the laity alike practically partake His suffering through protrations, with the sad melody of the week (LISTEN HERE) saying "Power, Respect and Praise be unto You O Christ!!!" (ለከ ኃይል፣ ክብር ወስብሐት) and also consuming less food and reading more scriptures.
What does this week really mean to us? READ HERE.
Cher Were Yaseman, amen.

April 19, 2008

“Hosanna” ሆሳዕና - “Save us” / አድነን

The seventh Sunday in the Great Lent is known as “Hosanna Sunday” or “Palm Sunday”. The word “Hosanna” is Greek and is derived from the Hebrew word “Ho-sha-a-nan” which means “Save us”.
It is the word that the Jewish multitude said in welcoming Our Lord Jesus Christ as King during His entry to Jerusalem. The word “Palm” came from the way the multitude welcomed Our Lord by using palm and olive branches. From here came the naming of this Sunday as Palm Sunday.
ARTICLES in Amharic:

1. HOSANNA by Archbishop Abune Gabriel: READ HERE.
2. HOSANNA by Mahibere Kidusan: READ HERE

After Hoassa comes the Holy Week of Semune Himmammat. Here you have Treasure Map of the Week. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Melkam Yeteqedese Sament Yehun, Amen.

April 18, 2008

Syrian, Ethiopian, Armenian Church Leaders Meet

The Head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Zakka Iwas I, arrived in Antelias on a special visit from Damascus Tuesday evening.
The Patriarch met with Catholicos Aram I discussing issues related to bilateral relations and cooperation between the two churches. They were later joined by the Spiritual Leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Abune Paulos, who was on a one-day visit to Antelias.
The three spiritual leaders discussed prospects for a number of inter-church initiatives. Welcoming his friends in Antelias, His Holiness Aram I stressed the need for continued contact and close cooperation between the three churches.

April 17, 2008

ሺኖዳ እስከዛሬ ለምን አልጐበኙም?

REPORTER Sunday, 13 April 2008: በኢትዮጵያ፣ ፖለቲካ ውስጥ ሃይማኖት የተገለለ እንደሚሆን መነገር ከጀመሩባቸው ዓመታት ወዲህ ጭምር፣ የፖለቲካውን እግር ዱካ ያልተከተለበት ጊዜ የለም፡፡ እንዲያውም አንዳንድ ጊዜ ፖለቲካው የሃይማኖቱን ፈለግ የሚከተልበት ጊዜ ሞልቷል፡፡
በአንዳንድ ሃገሮች በአብዛኛው የአስተዳደሩ መሠረት፣ ሃይማኖት የሚሆነበትም ጊዜ አለ፡፡ እንደግብፅ ባሉ ሃገራት ምንም እንኳ ቀደምት የሆነው የኦርቶዶክስ ሃይማኖት የሚገኝበት ቢሆንም የአስተዳደሩ መሠረት የእስልምናውን እምነት መሠረት ያደርጋል፡፡ በዚህ መሠረት ለሚያደርገው ግንኙነት የግብፅን መንግሥት አቋም፣ ሌሎቹ እምነቶች ጭምር እንዲደግፉት ይደረጋል፡፡ የግብፅ መንግሥት አስፈላጊ ሆኖ ሲያገኘው በተለያየ መንገድ ቸልተኛነቱ ለሚያሳየው መቀመጫውን እስክንድርያ ያደረገውን የወንጌላዊ ማርቆስ ወንበር ተሿሚ እምነት ተከራካሪ ሆኖ ይቀርባል፡፡
የማርቆስ እጣ ናቸው የሚባሉት የኮፕት ኦርቶዶክስ ተከታይ የሆኑት የኢትዮጵያና የግብፅ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስቲያኖች የመንግሥታቶቹ ቅርበትና ርቀት ግንኙነታቸውን ሲወስነው በተደጋጋሚ ታይቷል፡፡ የመንግሥታቱ የፖለቲካ ግንኙነት በሻከረ ቁጥር በእምነት አንድ ነን የሚሉት የሃይማኖት መሪዎች በዚያው ረድፍ ሲኳረፉ ቆይተዋል፡፡

የአሁኑ የግብፅ የኦርቶዶክስ ፓትሪያርክ ቅዱስ ሺኖዳ III የኢትዮጵያ ጉብኝት የሻከረውን ለማለስለስ ወይም የተቋረጠውን ግንኙነት ለመቀጠል አስፈላጊ ሆኖ መገኘቱን እንደማመሳከሪያ አድርጎ ሊወስድ ይችላል፡፡ ነገር ግን የሁለቱ እምነት መሪዎች ውሳኔ ከሃገራቸው መንግሥታት ያፈነገጠ ሊሆን ስለማይችል መንግሥታቱ ቅሬታ ከገቡ የዛሬው ሸርክና ነገ ወደ መኮራረፍ ያመራ ቢመስል ሊያስገርም አይችልም፡፡ በተደጋጋሚ እንደታየው ደግሞ በአባይ ወንዝ ተጠቃሚነት ባመጣው መዘዝ የግብፅ መንግሥት ፖሊሲ በኢትዮጵያ ላይ ሁልጊዜም የጥርጣሬና የማዳከም መሆኑ በተለያዩ ጥናቶች ተነግሯል፡፡

ኢህአዴግ ሥልጣን ከያዘ ወዲህ ራሷን የገነጠለችው ኤርትራ የልዩነቷና ራሷን የመቻሏ ማረጋገጫ ያደረገችው አዲስ የሾመችውን ሊቀጳጳስ በእስክንድርያው ፓትርያርክ አቡነ ሺኖዳ የፓትርያርኩን ማዕረግ ማሰጠት ነበር፡፡ በጊዜው ከአንድ ቤተክርስቲያን በተለዩትና ጵጵስናና ሊቀጵጵስናን ከተቀበሉበት የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ አለያይቶ ወደ እስክንድርያ መሄዳቸው የመንግሥት ፖለቲካ ውሳኔ ውጤት መሆኑ ታምኖበታል፡፡ ውሳኔውም ቢሆን የኤርትራን መገንጠል ከመጀመሪያው ጀምሮ ለሚደግፈው የግብፅ መንግሥት የሚያስደስትና ለግንኙቱም ማጠንከሪያ እንዲሆን የታሰበ ነው፡፡ ነገር ግን የግብፅና የኤርትራ መንግሥት መነቃቀፍ ሲጀምር የጳጳሳቱ ግንኙነትም ፈዘዘ፡፡

የአሌክሳንድሪያ - ፓትርያርክ አባ ሺኖዳ III የሚመሩት ሲኖዶስ ረጅም ግንኙነት ከመሠረቱት ከኢትዮጵያ ይልቅ ወደ ኤርትራ ማድላታቸው አንድም ኢትዮጵያውያን ራሳቸውን በጵጵስና ማዕረግ መቻላቸውና የቤተክርስቲያኒቱ ጥገኝነት በመቅረቡ የሚናደዱበትን ታሪክ በኤርትራ በኩል ያስመሰሉት ስለመሰላቸው ይሆናል፡፡ አንድም ከላይ እንደተገለፀው የግብፅ መንግሥት ፖለቲካ ስለሚያስገድዳቸው ይሆናል፡፡

በአቡነ ጳውሎስ ፓትርያርክ ዘ ኢትዮጵያ የሚመራው ሲኖዶስና በአቡነ ሺኖዳ የሚመራው ሲኖዶስ ብዙም ሰላምና ፍቅር ያላቸው አልነበሩም፡፡ የኤርትራን ጦርነት ተከትሎ የመንግሥታቱ አሰላለፍ የጥቅም ክርክር፣ የፕሮቶኮል ቅድሚያ አንዱ ለሌላው የሚሰጠውን ክብር በመቀነሱ ፍቅራቸው የፀና አይደለም፡፡

ሰባት ሚሊዮን አማኞች ያሉት የግብፅ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስቲያን እስካሁን ድረስ በእየሩሳሌም በሚገኘው የኢትዮጵያ ገዳም ይዞታነት ከፍተኛ ፍላጎት አላቸው፡፡ እንዲያውም ከፍላጎት አልፈው የኢትዮጵያን ገዳማት እየተጻረሩ የግብፅ መነኮሳት በማስቸገር ላይ ናቸው፡፡ ይኸ አተካራ እስካሁን መፍትሄ አላገኘም፡፡ ገዳማቱን ግብፆች ለማግኘት ባይቻላቸው በኤርትራ በኩል ባለመብት ለመሆንም ፍላጎት እንዳላቸው አሁን ድረስ በውስጣቸው ያለና የሞቀ ፍላጎታቸው ነው፡፡

ከላይ እንደተገለፀው የግብፅ መንግሥት እንደ እነዚህን መሰል የጥቅም ጥያቄ ሲነሱ ዋና ተከራካሪ ሆኖ ሲቀርብ ይታያል፡፡ ቤተክርስቲያኗን የመጠበቅ ኃላፊነቱንም እንዳለበት የሚያሳየው የዚያን ጊዜ ይሆናል፡፡

የአሁኑ ፓትርያርክ ሺኖዳ ጉብኝት የቤተክርስቲያኖቹን ተከታዮች ፍቅር ለማስተሳሰር ቢመስልም፣ በመካከላቸው ያለውን የጥቅምና የመንግሥታት ፍላጎት በምን መንገድ እልባት እንደሰጡት ለጊዜው አይታወቅም፡፡ መፍትሔ የሰጡት ባለመሆኑም ልባዊ ግንኙነት ይሆን? የሚለውን ጥያቄ ውስጥ መቀመጡ አይቀርም፡፡

የግብፅ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስቲያን ኢትዮጵያን በአፌሴል ሲጎበኝ የአሁኑ ጉብኝት ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ መሆኑ ነው፡፡ ሦስተኛ ሊባል የሚችለው 1960ዎቹ የዓለም አብያተክርስተያናትን መሪዎች ኢትዮጵያ ስታስተናግድ ለጉባኤ ፓትርያርኩ መገኘታቸው ነው፡፡

አንደኛው በጊዜው ከ88 ዓመት በላይ የነበሩት የፓትሪያርክ ዮሐንስ ጉብኝት 1921 የተፈፀመ ሲሆን ሁለተኛው የአሁኑ የ84 ዓመት አዛውንት አቡነ ሺኖዳ ጉብኝት ነው፡፡ ለረጅም ዓመታት ከአሌክሳንድርያ በሚሾም ሊቀ ጳጳስ ትተዳደር በነበረችው የኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያንና የግብፅ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስቲያን መሪ ይኸን ያህል ዓመታት ኢትዮጵያን አለመጎብኘት በራሱ ግንኙነቱን መሳሳቱን ያመለክታል፡፡

የኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያን በግብፅ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስቲያን ጥገኛ ሆና ስትኖር ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ ራሷን እንድትችል በተደረገው በ1940ዎቹ መጨረሻ ነበር፡፡ እዚያ ደረጃ ለመድረስ የአፄ ኃይልሥላሴ መንግሥት በትዕግሥትና በአስተዋይነት ችሎታውን የአሳየበት ተግባር መፈፀሙ ግብፆቹ ራሳቸው እየተናደዱበትም ቢሆን የሚመሰክሩት ነው፡፡

አቡነ ሺኖዳ III በሃገራቸው ከፍተኛ ፈተና ውስጥ በገቡበት ጊዜ ላይ መሆናቸውን መረጃዎች ያመለክታሉ፡፡ ሃገራቸው በአክራሪዎች እየተናጠች ባለችበት በአሁኑ ወቅት ክርስቲያኖቹ የግድያ ሰለባ ሆነዋል፡፡ የቤተክርስቲያናትን ጥቅም ማጥፋትና የአማኞች ማንጓጠጥና መገለል በሰፊው የሚታይበት መሆኑን በጋዜጦች ታትሟል፡፡ በቅርቡ አንድ ጋዜጣ አንድ ካህን ራቁቱን ወሲብ ሲፈፅም ፎቶግራፍ እስከማውጣት ደርሷል፡፡ በዚህ ልባቸው የቆሰሉት ግብፃውያን ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ለመውጣት ቢቃጡ፣ ዙሪያ ገባ ፖለቲካውን ያጡት አባ ሺኖዳ አርፋችሁ ተቀመጡ የሚል መማፀኛ ለመንፈስ ልጆቻቸው ከማቅረብ በላይ ሊያልፉ አልቻሉም፡፡

ሁኔታዎች አስቸጋሪ በሆኑበት ወቅት በትዕግሥት ሁኔታዎች እንዲረጋጉ ከማድረግ ያለፈ፣ በመንግሥት ተደማጭነት የላቸውም ቢባልም እጅግ ጠንካራ በሆኑት የግብፅ ክርስቲያኖች ልብ ፓትርያርክ ሺኖዳ የተከበሩና የተፈቀሩ መሆናቸው ይነገራል፡፡

በቅርቡ ወደ እንግሊዝ በሄዱበት ወቅት የፀጥታ ሃይሎች በአይሮፕላን ጣቢያ እንዲፈተሹ መጠየቃቸው ብዙዎች ተከታዮቻቸውን አስቆጥቷል፡፡ የግብፅ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስትርም በድርጊቱ የእንግሊዝ የፀጥታ ሃይል ይቅርታ እንዲጠይቅ ጠይቋል፡፡

ከ40 ሚሊዮን በላይ ተከታይ ባላት የኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያን እጅግ ከፍ ያለ አቀባበል እንደሚጠብቃቸው ሳይታለም የተፈታ ነው፡፡ ይኸም ጥንታዊውን ግንኙነት በማሰብ እንጂ በአሁኑ ጊዜ ያለውን ፍቅር ብቻ መሠረት በማድረግ አይደለም፡፡

የአሁኑ የኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያን ፓትርያሪክ፣ እንደ አቡነ ሺኖዳ ሁሉ በፖለቲካው መደፈቅ አልቀረላቸውም፡፡ አብዛኛውን ጊዜ ከመንግሥት ውሳኔ ጋር ራሳቸውን ለማስጠጋት በመፈለጋቸው ከሕዝቡ ቅሬታ አትርፈዋል፡፡ የሁለቱ የእምነት መሪዎች የሚያመሳስላቸው በመንግሥት ሰፊ እጅ መደቆሳቸው ሲሆን የሚያለያያቸው አንደኛው በችግር ሌላው በውዴታ መቀበላቸው ነው፡፡

የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ መሪዎች የግብፅን መሪዎች ሲያስተናግዱ እንደ 1920ዎቹ ጳጳስ እንዲሾሙላቸው ለመማፀን አይደለም፡፡ በዚያን ጊዜ ፓትርያሪኩ አቡነ ዮሐንስ ለእጨጌ ገብረ ጊዮርጊስ ጵጵስና እንዲሰጡ ለማድረግ በመንግሥት ደረጃ ስንት ድካም ተከፍሎበት ነበር፡፡ ዛሬዎች የቤተክርስቲያን መሪዎች የሚያስቸግራቸው በእየሩሳሌም ገዳም ባለቤት ላይ ያለውን አታካራ የመቅጨት ጥያቄ ይሆናል፡፡ ያም ቢሆን የግብፅ መንግሥት እጅ አለበት፡፡ ስለዚህ ሁሉም ነገር ውስብስብ ነው፡፡ ግን በተለምዶ እንደሚደረገው ርችት ተኩሶ በፈገግታ መቀበልና መሸኘት አይቀርም፡፡ ግን ለጉብኝታቸው የሁዳዴው ፆም የተመረጠው ስለምን ይሆን?

April 16, 2008

ንዋየ ቅድሳትና ቅርሳ ቅርሶች ወደ አውስትራሊያ ሊላክ ሲል ተያዘ

Reporter (Addis Ababa): አንድ 20 ፊት ኮንቴነር ሙሉ የቤተክርስቲያን ንዋየ ቅድሳትና ባህላዊ እቃዎች በጅቡቲ በኩል ወደ አውስትራሊያ ሊላክ ሲል ጋላፊ ኬላ ላይ ተያዘ፡፡
በርካታ የብር መስቀሎች፣ ጸናጽል፣ የቤተክርስቲያን አልባሳት እንዲሁም ከእንጨት የተሰራ እንስራ፣ ጋን፣ ባሕላዊ ወንበሮችና መሰል የቅርስ እቃዎች ወደ አውስትራሊያ ሲላክ መጋቢት 20 ቀን 2000 ዓ.ም በኬላው የፍተሻ ሠራተኞች ተይዟል፡፡
እንዲህ አይነት የቅርስ እቃዎች በኬላው በኩል ወደ ውጭ ለመላክ ሲሞከር የመጀመሪያ ጊዜ መሆኑን ጠቁመዋል፡፡ አቶ ጌታሁን የጉምሩክ ባለሥልጣን ከኢትዮጵያ ቅርስ ጥናትና ጥበቃ ባለሥልጣን ጋር በ1996/97 በተፈራረመው የመግባቢያ ስምምነት መሰረት እንደዚህ አይነት እቃዎች በፖስታ አገልግሎት ድርጅትና በኤርፖርት በኩል በሕጋዊ መንገድ የሚላኩ መሆኑን ገልፀዋል፡፡ በየብስ መጓጓዣ ወደ ውጭ መላክ ስለመቻሉ የተገለፀ ነገር አለመኖሩን አብራርተዋል፡፡

በዚህም መሠረት እቃው በቁጥጥር ሥር ውሎ ለሚመለከተው አካል ማለትም ለኢትዮጵያ ቅርስ ጥናትና ጥበቃ ባለሥልጣን ለመላክ ዝግጅት መደረጉ ታውቀዋል፡፡ የእቃው ባለቤት የባንክ ፐርሚት (መፍቀጃ) ቢኖረውም፤ በስምምነቱ መሠረት እንዲህ ያለ እቃ ወደ ውጭ ስለመላኩ በግልጽ ባለመገለፁ በቁጥጥር ሥር ውሎ የማጣራት እርምጃ እንዲካሄድ መደረጉ ታውቀዋል፡፡

ጋላፊ በኢትዮጵያና በጅቡቲ ድንበር ላይ የሚገኝ በመሆኑ፣ ኤክስፖርት የሚደረግ እቃ ፍተሻ የሚደረገው ጋላፊ ላይ መሆኑንና እስከዛሬ በተደረገ ፍተሻ ንዋየ ቅዱሳንና የባህላዊ የቅርስ እቃዎች ተይዞ እንደማያውቅ አብራርተዋል፡፡ በዚህም ምክንያት ውሳኔውን የኢትዮጵያ ቅርስ ጥናትና ጥበቃ ባለሥልጣን እንዲወስን እቃው በወታደር ታጅቦ ወደ አዲስ አበባ እንደሚላክ ታውቀዋል፡፡

Protocol Between The Coptic & Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Churches (COC & EOTC)

In an historical move for the two sisterly Churches, heads of Ethiopian and Coptic Churches sign protocol of understanding and agreement in their future services. The articles are introductory and first steps for these ancient Churches. We applaud the result as God's miracle during the time when Christianity in this part of Africa is at a critical stage.
The Ethiopian Church of course should learn alot from its Coptic counterpart. Ethiopian Christians has shown their love and devotion for a religious father by flocking in thousands to welcome His Holiness Pope Shenouda. We do not witness such reverence to any of our local fathers these days. Our patriarch is one of the despised personality in Ethiopia.
It is a very heartening fact to mention. But it is true. As the saying goes, we may not like our patriarch but we love our Church. We love our mother Church till our last breath, but we obey our fathers if and only if they deserve it. I think His Holiness the patriarch should learn this fact from Pope Shenouda's visit and Ethiopians' reaction.
Thus, let our fathers do mother Church a favor.
2. Listen to what the believers are saying.
3. March only for the Cross.
3. As Pope Shenouda said, the patriarchal position is not a power, it is a duty & service.

More to come.
Cher Were Yaseman, amen.

April 15, 2008

ኢትዮጵያና የኮፕቲክ ኦርቶዶክ አብያተ-ክርስቲያናት ወደ አዲስ የወዳጅነት ዘመን እየተሸጋገሩ ነው

አዲስ አበባ, ሚያዝያ 6 ቀን 2000 (ENA) - የኢትዮጵያና የኮፕቲክ ኦርቶዶክ ቤተ-ክርስቲያናት በአዲስ የትብብር መንፈስ ወደ አዲስ የወዳጅነት ዘመን እየተሸጋገሩ ነው ሲሉ የቤተ-ክርስቲያናቱ መሪዎች አዲስ አበባ ውስጥ አስታወቁ።
መሪዎቹ በ 1986 የተደረሰውን ስምምነት ተግባራዊ ለማድረግ የሚያስችል ሰነድም ተፈራርመዋል።
ከፊርማው በኋላ የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ፓትሪያርክ ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስና የኮፕቲክ ኦርቶዶክስ ፓትሪያክ አቡነ ሺኖዳ ሳልሳዊ ለጋዜጠኞች ሲናገሩ ቤተ-ክርስቲያናቱ በጋራ ለመስራት ወደሚያስችላቸው አዲስ የትብብር ዘመን እያመሩ ነው።

ብፁዕ አቡነ ጳውሎስ እንደገለፁት የፓትሪያርክ ሺኖዳ የኢትዮጵያ ጉብኝትም ሆነ የጋራ ሰነዱ መፈረም ከሁለቱ ቤተክርስቲያናት ግንኙነት ያለፈ ጥቅም አለው።

ስምምነቱ ለማንኛውም ሰላማዊ ግንኙነት ዐቢይ ምሳሌ መሆን ይችላል፣ ከሰላም ውጭ ላለ ማንኛውም አካልም ጥሩ መመሪያ ሊሆን ይችላል ብለዋል።

በተለይ በዚህ ሰላም በእጅጉ በሚያስፈልግበት በ 21ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን በአንድ የእምነት ቤተሰብ ያሉ አካላት መካከል የሚደረስ እንዲህ ያለ ስምምነት ጠቀሜታው የጎላ ነው ሲሉ ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስ ተናግረዋል።

አቡነ ሺኖዳ ሳልሳዊ በበኩላቸው በተለይ በቀጣይ ዓመታት የሁለቱ ቤተ-ክርስቲያናት ግንኙነት በተለያየ መስክ እንደሚቀጥል ተናግረው በመንፈሳዊ ትምህርት ዘርፍ ቤተክርስቲያናቸው ከቅድስት ሥላሴ መንፈሳዊ ኮሌጅ ጋር በትብብር ለመስራት እቅድ ይዛለች ብለዋል።

እንዲሁም በውጭ በሚኖሩ የቤተክርስቲያናቱ ምዕመናን መካከል ያለውን ግንኙነት ለማጠናከር የኮፕቲክ ኦርቶዶክስም ሆነች የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተክርስቲያን አብረው እንደሚሰሩ አቡነ ሺኖዳ ተናግረዋል።

በቅዱስ ሲኖዶስ በተካሄደ ስነስርዓት የተፈረመው ይህ ስምምነት በ1986 በሁለቱ ቤተክርስቲያናት መካከል የተደረሰ ስምምነትን ተግባራዊ ለማድረግ ያለመ ሲሆን ባለ 6 ገፁ ሰነድ በ 15 አንቀጾች የተከፋፈለ ነው።

የኢትዮጵያና የኮፕቲክ ኦርቶዶክ ቤተ-ክርስቲያናት ከጥንታዊ ዘመነ-ክርስት ጀምሮ የጠበቀ ግንኙነት እንዳላቸው የሚያትተው ይህ ሰነድ የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተክርስቲያን ራሷን የቻለች ነፃ ቤተክርስቲያን መሆኗን ያውጃል።

እንዲሁም ሁሉቱም ቤተክርስቲያናት አንድ ዓይነት የኦርቶኮክስ እምነት በማራመድና ራሳቸውን ያቻሉ ነፃ አካላት በመሆን እስክንድሪያ ባለው መንበረ ማርቆስ ስር መሆናቸውን ሰነዱ ይናገራል።

በ 300 ዓ.ም ገደማ ጠንካራ ግንኙነት የጀመሩት ቤተክርስቲያናቱ በተለይ የመጀመሪያው የኢትዮጵያ ጳጳስ አቡነ ሰላማ በኮፕቲክ ፓትሪያርክ አባ አትናቴዎስ የኢትዮጵያ ጳጳስ ሆነው በተሾሙበት የአብርሃና አፅብሃ ዘመነ መንግስት ግንኙነታቸውን ተጠናክሮ ቀጥሎ ነበር።

ለሶስት ቀናት በአዲስ አበባ ጉብኝት ያደረጉት ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ሺኖዳ ሳልሳዊ ፕሬዚዳንት ግርማንና ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር መለስ ጨምሮ በርካታ የመንግስትና የቤተክህነት ባለስልጣናትን አነጋግረዋል።

April 14, 2008

Pope Shenouda in Ethiopia፡ News & Features

1. ፓትርያርክ ቅዱስ ሺኖዳ ሳልሳዊ ግብጽና ኢትዮጵያ በክርስትና እምነት ያላቸው ግንኙነት ተጠናክሮ እንዲቀጥል ፍላጎት እንዳላቸው ገለጹ
2. የብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስ የእንኳን ደህና መጡ ንግግር
3.የፖፕ ሺኖዳ የአቀባበል ሥነ ሥርዓት

Sun halo in Ethiopia: Miracle or Not?

As Reported By BBC:
A halo around the sun startled people in Ethiopia during Sunday's local elections, with many seeing it as a miracle or a sign from God.

The ring of light caused by sunlight refracted by ice crystals hung in the sky for almost an hour before it finally faded and disappeared.

Some Ethiopians say it last appeared in 1991 before a military regime fell.

Churchgoers who had flocked to see the visiting Patriarch of Alexandria, Pope Shenouda, acclaimed the phenomenon as a miracle, or at least a sign of a blessing from God. Pope Shenouda himself believed it was a signal from above.

"We accept any sign from God to encourage us in our way," he said, "and confirm that we are going right in our way."

Abuna Paulos, the Patriarch of Ethiopia, added his voice to those who believe in signs from God.

"If God reveals himself from the sky," he told a press conference, "we believers do not get surprised. We only rejoice and double our efforts to thank God. Thank you, God, for revealing a sign." But others looked for more secular implications.

Older people in Addis Ababa remember seeing the ring around the sun once before - in the last days of the Derg, the despised military dictatorship, just before its leader Mengistu Haile Mariam fled to Zimbabwe.

April 10, 2008

Grand Ethiopian Church Exhibition in USA

Note: For a better view, click on the picture.
Cher Were Yaseman!!! Amen.

April 8, 2008


Many centuries old Ethiopian forest devastated by wild fire. The News has been reported here quite for sometime.

SOURCE: http://mahiberekidusan.org/

Cher Were Yaseman, amen.

April 5, 2008

Book About "Life of Monks" Launched

Book About "Life of Monks" Launched
The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)
23 March 2008
Rose Mestika
Addis Ababa
A new Amharic book depicting the livelihoods of Ethiopian monks through the times, which is said to be the untouchable issue by many scholars for many years, but rich for its antiquitistic nature, was launched at Hager Fikir Theater this week.
Entitled 'Minkusina beEthiopia zare ena tinant' (in Amharic) meaning "Monk hood in Ethiopia; today and yesterday" painted a picture of Ethiopian monks and shades some light to its readers on the subject on which not so much is said, according to some religious fathers commenting on the new book.
Kahisay Gebre Egziabher, the author, said he was preparing to publish a book which has 25 chapters that took around ten years to write but financial strain was the obstacle to do so.
"So that I prefer to take one of the chapters from this book and published it. It has108 pages and three chapters that show the contributions of monks for the Ethiopian Orthodox church as well as for the country, the difficult times on the history of monks which is not publicized before and also the current situation of the monk." The Author said it is hard to say there is a real monk at this time," the author said in his remarks about his book, feared to prompt criticism from the Church.
"The reason is in being a monk, there are rules and regulations. You can hardly get a monk who full fills this." "If you are a monk you can not spend time by being idle. However, you can observe monks without doing something," he added.
The author has previously published Hibre Biier Volume one and two and he is preparing to publish about four books. Kahesay worked as ateacher before turning to writing. He was the editor of Felege Tibebe magazine, a quarterly published magazine. ( temporarily ceased) and deputy editor of Zena Betekrisitiyan, a monthly newspaper of the Orthodox Church.

ቤተ ክርስቲያኗ ያዘጋጀችው ዐውደ ርዕይ በወልዲያ ከተማ ተከፈተ

ወልዲያ, መጋቢት 26 ቀን 2000 (ወልዲያ) -
የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን የሚሌኒየሙን በዓል አስመልክታ ያዘጋጀችው ዐውደ ርዕይ ዛሬ በወልዲያ ከተማ ተከፈተ፡፡
''መጪው ዘመን እንዳይቀድመን እንነሳ!''በሚል ርዕስ የተዘጋጀው ዐውደ ርዕይ የቤተ ክርስቲያኗን የ2 ሺህ ዓመታት ጉዞና ለሥነ ጽሁፍ ዕድገት ያበረከተችውን አስተዋጽኦ እንደሚያንጸባርቅ በመክፈቻው ሥነ ሥርዓት ላይ ተገልጿል፡፡
እንዲሁም ቤተ ክርስቲያኗ በዜማ፣በሥዕል፣በሥነ ሕንጻ በመሳሰሉት ዘርፎች ታዋቂ ሊቃውንት ማበርከቷም ተወስቷል፡፡
ለአምስት ቀናት ለሕዝብ ክፍት ሆኖ የሚቆየውን ዐውደ ርዕይ የከፈቱት የሰሜን ወሎ ሀገረ ስብከት ሊቀ ጳጳስ አቡነ ቄርሎስና የሰሜን ወሎ ዞን ዋና አስተዳዳሪ አቶ ሽመልስ በላቸው ናቸው፡፡

April 4, 2008

ፖፕ ሽኖዳ ሳልሳዊ በኢትዮጵያ ይፋዊ ጉብኝት ያደርጋሉ

አዲስ አበባ, መጋቢት 25 ቀን 2000 (አዲስ አበባ) - የእስክንድሪያው ፖፓ እና የመንበረ ቅዱስ ማርቆስ ፓትርያርክ ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ሽኖዳ ሳልሳዊ የሦስት ቀናት ይፋዊ ጉብኝት ለማድረግ ሚያዝያ 3 ቀን 2000 ዓ.ም አዲስ አበባ እንደሚገቡ የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ዛሬ አስታወቀች፡፡
ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ሽኖዳ ሳልሳዊ ኢትዮጵያንና አብያተ ቤተክርስቲያኗን ለመጎብኘት የሚመጡት የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስትያን ፓትርያርክ ብጹእ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስ ባደረጉላቸው ጥሪ መሠረት ነው፡፡ የብፁዕ ወቅዱስ ፓትርያርክ ልዩ ፅሕፈት ቤት የውጭ ግኑኝነት የበላይ ኃላፊ ብፁዕ አቡነ ገሪማ ዛሬ በሰጡት ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ እንዳስታወቁት ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ሽኖዳ በኢትዮጵያ ጉብኝት ሲያካሂዱ የአሁኑ ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ ነው። ቀደም ሲል በ1966 ዓ.ም ኢትዮጵያን ጎብኝተዋል ።
በ1967 ዓ.ም የተከሠተውን የመንግስት ለውጥ ተከትሎ በቤተክርስቲያኒቱና በሀገሪቱ ላይ በተፈጠረው ችግር ምክንያት የሁለቱ አብያተ ክርስቲያናት ግኑኝነት ለ34 ዓመታት ተዳክሞ መቆየቱን ብጹእ አቡነ ገሪማ አስታውሰዋል፡፡
የሁለቱ እኀት አብያተ ክርስትያናት ግኑኝነት መዳከሙን የተመለከቱ የአብያተ ክርስትያናቱ መንፈሳዊ መሪዎች ባደረጉት ጥረት ግንኙነታቸውን ለማሻሻል ስምምነት ላይ ተደርሷል ።
ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ሺኖዳ ባደረጉት ጥሪ መሠረት የኢትዮጵያ ኦርተዶክስ ተዋዶ ቤተክርስትያን ፓትርያርክ ብጹእ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስ ከብጹአን ጳጳሳት ጋር በመሆን ባለፈው ዓመት ሐምሌ 1999 ዓ.ም በግብጽ ጉብኝት ማድረጋቸውን አባ ገሪማ አስታውሰዋል፡፡
በጉብኝቱ ወቅት ግኑኝነታቸው ቀደም ሲል እንደነበረው ለመቀጠል በሚቻልበት ሁኔታ ላይ በሠፊው መወያየታቸውንና በተስማሙባቸው ጉዳዮች ላይም መፈራረማቸውን ገልጸዋል፡፡ የግብጽ ኮፕቲክ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስትያንና የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስቲያን ከ330 ዓ.ም ጀምሮ እስከ 1967 ዓ.ም ድረስ የጠበቀ ሰላማዊ ግኑኝነት እንደነበራቸው ተመልክቷል፡፡ ሁለቱ አብያተ ቤተ ክርስቲያናት በዚሁ የረዥም ጊዜ ግኑኝነታቸው በትምህርተ ሃይማኖት፣ በምስጥራተ ቤተክርስቲያን አፈፃጸም፣ ቀኖና ቤተክርስቲያንን ጠብቆ በመኖርና በገዳማዊ ሥርአት አንድ ሁነው የኖሩ መሆናቸውን ብጹእነታቸው ገልጸዋል፡፡
ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ሽኖዳ አርብ ሚያዝያ 3 ቀን 2000 ዓ.ም በቦሌ ዓለም አቀፍ አውሮፕላን ማረፊያና በመንበረ ጸባኦት ቅድስት ሥላሴ ካቴድራል በካህናትና በምእመናን ደማቅ አቀባበል ይደረግላቸዋል፡፡ የተለያዩ ሃይማኖታዊና ታሪካዊ ሥፍራዎችን እንደሚጎበኙም ተገልጿል።

April 3, 2008

Prayer In DC St. Mariam

Dear Deje Selam,
Here is an advertisement for prayer and worship in our Church here in Washington DC Saint Mariam Church. Please post so that people know about the program.
Date: April 04/ 2008
Time: 5PM
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Thank you, God Bless.

Why..... This Silence?

By Akotate

First of all I would like to say you have done a super job with this recent incident on our church .You have made us well aware and current with what is happening. I would like thank Mahibere Kidusan for the great effort and with God's help has been able to aware and mobilize people to do such an incredible job. All this have been with the help of Medhane Alem. Because for a fire that has destroyed $11500.00 hectare of land was stopped 500.00 meters away from the Church. Praise be to Him. The overall attack (Natural or Human caused) has been a shock and very devastating for me personally and any Ethiopian for that matter I believe .The (30,000.00 + 11,500.00) hectare forest we have lost was an asset for the country such as these would take more than hundreds of years who knows some of trees would have been more that 700 years right from the time the monastery was established. As a whole these were forests that contribute a lot for the atmosphere of the Semi sub-Saharan land of our country. So why other bodies of the country did kept so quiet.
There are a lot of questions that go up and down in my mind
1. Why did the Government act as expected?
2. Why did the Protestants and the Catholics keep quiet about the incidents? Does these incident pave the way for wide spreading fiction based US and Norway funded Churches?
3.Why did the Muslims in Ethiopia keep so quite? With Harar being the fourth holy place for the muslims, will this be an opportunity to irradicate Christians from their “holy land”?
5.Why …..?

Cher Were Yaseman

April 2, 2008

WHO STARTED THE FIRE? & What can we do now?

By Seifegabriel
I am deeply touched by the sad report we just got. I just called few brothers who are at the Asebot Debre Wegeg Kidist Selassie Church and Abba Samuel monastery fighting the fire and also talked to a father in the monastery, about the situation. The fire started 20 days ago and has consumed about 11,000 ha of the monastery forest.
But who started the fire?
This is not the first time that the monastery is challenged; not only by fire but also by enemy of the Church. It is the only monastery we have in eastern Ethiopia and even Siad Barre of Somalia targeted to destroy it during the war with Ethiopia in 1969-70 EC. Islamic Oromo movement attempted to attack it in 1984 EC. Every time our God miraculously saved the monastery from total disaster.

Coming back to the issue at hand, during my discussion with a certain father, he extended the following message to us in the Diaspora.

1. The fire has destroyed the sanctuaries of KIDUSAN ABATOCH (the precious "Atsed" and "gojos"). But the core monastery is saved from the fire so far. The fire is now under control but it is not possible to rule out the danger. The head of the fire is about 600
meter from the core monastery.

2. The pasture (grazing field) of the cattle of the monastery is totally destroyed and now they are facing great shortage of fodder.

3. Mahibere Kidusan and West Harerghe diocese laity did a remarkable job by being in the front and by organizing the laity to fight the fire.

4. The very poor road structure has made the effort to fight the fire very hard and time consuming as most vehicles could not made it through. He underlined that we should not get panic by the situation, instead, be calm and pray to God. The only way out.

Finally, he proposed that the road should be maintained immediately for the future safety and other development activities. He has already contacted some governmental and private road construction organizations and they pledged the machinery, provided
that the monastery covers the cost of fuel and allowance for drivers.

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