March 30, 2008

Monastery Fire Contained, Thank God

Thank God!!!!!
Sources are telling us the fire in Asebot Monastery is contained. But there is a high chance of second breakout. The sources of these "monastery fires" are still misterious. The Holy Syond is learned to have send a delegation of bishops to the monastery. Mahibere Kidusan did a very good job in breaking the news, informing the Church and the people. Bravo Mahibere Kidusan. The cause does not look natural. The latest News can be read here ከዐሥር ቀናት በላይ ሲቀጣጠል የቆየው የአሰቦት ገዳም የደን ቃጠሎ መጥፋቱ ተገለጸ። .

Since we post the breaking story a couple of days ago, the German radio Deutsch Welle, Mahibere Kidusan and VOA have reporterd the news indetail. In the same token, the Amharic biweekly Reporter has today printed a news feature.Where are the other ethiopian media? What a shame????

RElated story,
1. The Reporter Amharic Newspaper Sunday, 30 March 2008 , entitled with "የአሰቦት ገዳም ዙሪያ የእሳት ቃጠሎ ደረሰ: በአንድ ወር ጊዜ ውስጥ የዝቋላ አቦ፣ የዋልድባና የየረር በዐታ ገዳሞች አፅድ ተቃጥሏል"
2. Walta Information Centre (አዲስ አበባ መጋቢት 20/2000/ዋኢማ/)
"በአሰቦት ገዳም የተነሳውን የእሳት ቃጠሎ ለመቆጣጠር የሚደረገው ጥረት ተጠናክሮ መቀጠሉ ተገለፀ"
3. Mahibere Kidusan
4. http://www.mahiberekidusan.org/
5. http://www.tewahedomedia.org/
ቸር ወሬ ያሰማን
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March 28, 2008

የአሰቦት እሳት አደገኛ ሆኗል፣ Asebot Monastery Forest in Fire

የአሰቦት እሳት አደገኛ ሆኗል፣ Asebot Monastery Forest in Fire, with Follow Up story
በሀገራችን ታዋቂዎች የሆኑት ዝቋላና የአሰቦት ገዳማት ደኖች ከፍተኛ የቃጠሎ አደጋ እንደደረሰባቸው መዘገባችን ይታወሳል፡፡ በዝቋላ የተነሣው እሳት ለመጥፋት ቢችልም የአሰቦቱ ግን ደኑን አቃጥሎ ወደ ቤተ ክርስቲያኑ በመገስገስ ላይ መሆኑ ታውቋል፡፡ ስለዚሁ ጉዳይ የአሜሪካን ድምጽ ሬዲዮና የጀርመኑ አቻው ባቀረቡት ዜና በእጅጉ ሊደነቁ ይገባቸዋል፡፡ ሊመሰገኑም ይገባቸዋል፡፡

የእሳት አደጋ በቀላሉ ለመከላከል ከባድ እንደሆነ ይታወቃል፡፡ የኢኮኖሚም ጉዳይ አለ፡፡ አሜሪካንን የመሳሰሉ ሀብታም ሀገሮች እንኳን ሳይቀሩ በበጋ ወቅት የሚነሣባቸውን የሰደድ እሳት ለመግታት በብርቱ ሲቸገሩ እንመለከታለን፡፡ የኛ ደሃው መንግስትማ እንዴት አይቸገር፡፡ ነገር ግን የሚገርመው ለምን ቢያንስ እርዱኝ አይልም? ኢትዮጵያውያን ሀገራቸውና ሀብታቸው እንዲህ እንደዋዛ የእሳት ሲሳይ ሲሆን ነገሩን ለመንግስት ብቻ በመተው መቀመጥ አይገባቸውም፡፡ መላ ምቱ!!!!!!!
Listen VOA News Feature @ http://www.tewahedomedia.org/

Follow up story, The Reporter Amharic Newspaper Sunday, 30 March 2008 , entitled with "የአሰቦት ገዳም ዙሪያ የእሳት ቃጠሎ ደረሰ: በአንድ ወር ጊዜ ውስጥ የዝቋላ አቦ፣ የዋልድባና የየረር በዐታ ገዳሞች አፅድ ተቃጥሏል"
ቸር ወሬ ያሰማን

March 27, 2008

አራት ጥንታውያን ገዳማት በእሳት አደጋ ሥር ወድቀዋል

. ዋልድባ፣ ዝቋላ፣ አሰቦትና የረር በዓታ ናቸው
በአሰቦት መንደድ የጀመረው እሳት ከቤተ ክርስቲያኑ በ500 ሜትር ርቀት ላይ እንደሚገኝ ማኅበረ ቅዱሳን ጋዜጠኞችን ምስክር ያደረገ አጭር ዘገባ ዛሬ ለንባብ በቅቷል፡፡ ትናንት ጉዳዩ በጻፍንበት ወቅት እሳቱን መከላከሉ እንዳልተጀመረ መግለጻችን ይታወሳል፡፡ ይህ በእንዲህ እንዳለ አንዳንድ የደጀ ሰላም ምንጮች እየነገሩን እንዳሉት ታዋቂው የዋልድባ ገዳም ላይም እሳት መነሣቱ ታውቋል፡፡
ነገር ግን በእርግጠኝነት መቼ፣ በምን ምክንያት የሚለውን ገና አላጣራንም፡፡ እንዳጣራን ነገሩን በዝርዝር እናቀርባለን፡፡
የዚህ ተመሳሳይ የቃጠሎ ሁኔታ ነገሩን አዲስ አድርጎታል፡፡ ሆን ተብሎ የሚደረግ ነገር ነው ወይስ በአጋጣሚ የሆነ የሚለው እረፍት የሚነሳ ነው፡፡ ገዳሞቻችን በተለያዩ ጊዜያት ጥቃት እንደሚደርስባቸውና በተለይም የኢትዮጵያ ቤተ ክርስቲያንን በሚጠሉ ሰዎች ዘንድ ገዳማት ጥሩ አመለካከት እንደሌላቸው እናውቃለን፡፡

March 26, 2008

ሰበር ዜና፡ የአሰቦት ገዳም ደን እየተቃጠለ ነው Monastery Forest Burning

በምዕራብ ሐረርጌ ሀገረ ስብከት አሰቦት ወረዳ የሚገኘው የታላቁ የአሰቦት ገዳም ደን እየተቃጠለ ነው፡፡ ምንጮቻችን ከአዲስ አበባ እንደጠቆሙን ከሆነ ቃጠሎው አዲስ በመሆኑ እንኳን የሚያጠፋው ሊገኝ ዜናውንም ለመስማት እንዳልተቻለ ታውቋል፡፡ ሰሞኑንም በተመሳሳ መልኩ የዝቋላ ገዳምና ከአዲስ አበባ ወጣ ብላ የምትገኘው የጥንታዊቷ የየረር በዓታ ለማርያም ቤተ ክርስቲያን ደኖች መቃጠላቸው ወይም በመቃጠል ላይ መሆናቸው ተገልጿል፡፡

Forests of time old monasteries in different localities are burning. According to Deje Selam sources, natural forests of atleast three ancient monasteries are in fire. Zequala Abo, Asebot and Yerer Lideta Le Mariam Monasteries are amongest the reknowned relious place in Ethiopia.

Following we have posted a short summary of Why do we need to focus on these Church forests? by a researcher called Dr. Alemayehu Wassie.

Deforestation in the northern highlands of Ethiopia is becoming an unstoppable process dating back many hundreds of years. In much of the landscape of northern Ethiopia, the lush vegetation on the hillsides surrounding a church or a monastery presents a sharp contrast to the surrounding bare ridges and mountain slopes. They are the only localities covered by tree vegetation and not affected by gully erosion (Taye Bekele et al. unpublished). Preserving these remnant indigenous woody species in concrete ground before their entire elimination is, undoubtedly, an urgent task.

None of the 'externally' designed systems, approaches and dominant conservation paradigms imported and tried so far halted deforestation (Dessalegn Rahmato 2001). Moreover, in the course of carrying out environmental conservation activities, important local traditional institutions that should have been taken into partnership were alienated due to a lack of insensitivity towards them that led to mishandling relations (Yeraswork Admassie 1995).

Thus, it is time to take the opportunity of the locally and traditionally tested conservation systems in order to conserve and maintain the vanishing and endangered woody species’ diversity resources and ecosystem in the area mentioned. In this perspective, we have to look into tree conserving traditions of the EOTC, which has been successful in resisting the flood of deforestation for many decades in the area.

Despite what the EOTC has done to conserve a significant proportion of the forests in the country, the church does not receive the recognition and support it deserves (Alemayehu wassie, 2002;Taye Bekele et al. unpublished). Thus, we have to recognise this tradition as an opportunity and explore possibilities of using it in future conservation programs.

March 23, 2008

በዝቋላ ገዳም ዙሪያ የደን ቃጠሎ ደረሰ

Sunday, 23 March 2008
በምሥራቅ ሸዋ ዞን በአዱላላ ወረዳ በሚገኘው የዝቋላ አቡነ ገብረመንፈስ ቅዱስ ገዳም ዙሪያ ባለው ደን ላይ መጋቢት 10 ቀን 2000 ዓ.ም በተነሳ የእሳት ቃጠሎ ግምቱ ያልታወቀ ደን ተቃጠለ፡፡

በአዲስ አበባ ከ70 ኪሎ ሜትር በላይ ርቀት ላይ የሚገኘው በዚሁ ገዳም ላይ የተነሳው የእሳት ቃጠሎ በአየር ኃይል አባላት፣ በኦሮሚያ ክልል ፈጥኖ ደራሽ ፖሊስና በአካባቢው ሕዝብ ትብብር በቁጥጥር ስር ለማዋል መቻሉን በቦታው የተገኙ የአይን እማኞች ለሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ ገልጸዋል፡፡

አደጋው በደረሰበት ገዳም ተገኝተው የነበሩት ዋና ሳጅን ታደሰ መራራ ስለጉዳዩ ተጠይቀው በሰጡት ምላሽ፤ "በገዳሙ አካባቢ የእሳት ቃጠሎ መነሻው በውል ባይታወቅም እሳቱ በተነሳበት ወቅት በአካባቢው የሲጋራ መለኮሻ (ላይተር) የያዙ ሰዎች በመገኘታቸው፣ የአደጋው መንስኤ ከእነሱ ጋር የተያያዘ ሊሆን ይችላል የሚል ግምት ስላደረብን በቁጥጥር ሥር አውለን በማጣራት ላይ ነን" ማለታቸውን የዓይን እማኞች ገልጸዋል፡፡

የቃጠሎውን አደጋ መነሻ በማድረግ ሌላ ወንጀል እንዳይፈጸም ፖሊስ ከፍተኛ ክትትልና ቁጥጥር እያደረገ መሆኑን የገለጹት የዓይን እማኞቹ፣ በገዳሙ ዙሪያ ተነስቶ የነበረውን የእሳት ቃጠሎ ለመቆጣጠር የተደረገውን ጥረት አስቸጋሪ ያደረገው ወደ ገዳሙ የሚሄደው መንገድ አስቸጋሪና የተበላሸ መሆኑንም ተናግረዋል፡፡

የደረሰውን የእሳት አደጋ ለመቆጣጠር ከ200 በላይ የሀገር መከላከያ ሠራዊት መሰማራታቸውን፣ ቃጠሎው ያደረሰውን ጉዳት ለመመልከት፣ መነኮሳቱንና የአካባቢውን ነዋሪዎች ለማረጋጋት ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስን ጨምሮ አሥር ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት በቦታው መገኘታቸውን ተናግረዋል፡፡

ቅዱስ ፓትሪያርኩ ቃጠሎውን በሄሊኮፕተር ተዘዋውረው ከተመለከቱ በኋላ ባደረጉት ንግግር፣ ለአገርና ለዓለም ሰላም የሚፀልዩ አባቶች በሚገኙበት በገዳሙ ዙሪያ መቀጣጠል ጀምሮ የነበረው እሳት እጅግ አስጊ እንደነበር ተናግረው፣ የሀገር መከላከያ ሠራዊትና አየር ኃይል ያበረከቱት አስተዋጽኦ የሚደነቅ መሆኑን መናገራቸውን የዓይን እማኞቹ ገልጸዋል፡፡

የዝቋላ አቡነ ገብረመንፈስ ቅዱስ ገዳም አበምኔት መምህር ገብረመድህን አፈወርቅ በበኩላቸው እንደተናገሩት "ለእሳቱ መነሻ እንጨት የሚቆርጡና ከሰል የሚያከስሉ ሰዎች ናቸው የሚል ግምት አለን፡፡ አሁንም የተዳፈነ እሳት ካለ በቁጥጥር ሥር ለማዋል በመጠባበቅ ላይ ነን" ማለታቸውን እማኞቹ ተናግረዋል፡፡

እሳቱ እስከ ትናንት በስቲያ ድረስ ሙሉ በሙሉ እንዳልጠፋ፣ አሁን ካለው ከፍተኛ የፀሐይ ሙቀት ጋር ተያይዞ ቃጠሎው ይባባሳል የሚል ፍራቻ እንዳለ፣ እንዲሁም በየረር አካባቢም አዲስ ቃጠሎ ተከስቶ መታየቱን አንዳንድ ምንጮች ገልጸው፣ መንግሥት በተለይ ትኩረት ሊያደርግባቸው የሚገባውን ቦታዎች ከወዲሁ ሊጠነቀቅላቸው እንደሚገባ ጠቁመዋል፡፡

Pope baptizes famous Muslim convert



By Philip Pullella
Sat Mar 22, 6:45 PM ET


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict led the world's Catholics into Easter on Saturday at a Vatican service where he baptized a Muslim-born convert who is one of Italy's most famous and controversial journalists.

The pope traditionally baptizes newborns on January 1 and adult converts to Catholicism on Easter eve.

One of the seven adults he baptized on Saturday night was Magdi Allam, 55, an Egyptian-born journalist who, as deputy director of the leading newspaper Corriere della Sera, is one of Italy's best-known intellectuals.

Allam, a fierce critic of Islamic extremism and a strong supporter of Israel, is protected by a police escort because of threats he has received.

His conversion to Christianity was a well-kept secret, disclosed by the Vatican in a statement less than an hour before the Easter eve service started.

"For the Catholic Church, each person who asks to receive baptism after a deep personal search, a fully free choice and adequate preparation, has a right to receive it," it said.

Allam defended the pope in 2006 when the pontiff made a speech in Regensburg, Germany, that many Muslims perceived as depicting Islam as a violent faith.

The Vatican statement announcing Allam was joining Catholicism said all newcomers were "equally important before God's love and welcome in the community of the Church."

Allam, who has been living in Italy for 35 years, has said he was never a very devout Muslim. Still, his conversion to Christianity came as a surprise.

"What amazes me is the high profile the Vatican has given this conversion," Yaha Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, vice-president of the Italian Islamic Religious Community, told Reuters.

The Easter eve service was the first of three at which the pope presides. On Sunday he will celebrate a mass and then deliver his twice-yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing and message.

March 21, 2008

Catholic Archbishop Found Dead in Iraq



By
Ryan Lenz
Associated Press Writer
Thu, Mar. 13 2008








The body of a Christian archbishop kidnapped last month was found in northern Iraq Thursday. Gunmen abducted Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho and killed three of his companions soon after they left Mass in the city of Mosul on Feb. 29. It was the latest in a series of attacks against Iraq's small Christian community.

Monsignor Shlemon Warduni, the auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, said the church in Mosul had received a phone call from the kidnappers on Wednesday telling them the archbishop was dead. They also told church officials where they could find the body.

The Chaldean church is an Eastern-rite denomination that recognizes the authority of the pope and is aligned with Rome. The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI was "deeply saddened" by Rahho's death.

"We had all kept hoping and praying for his release," said Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi. "Unfortunately the most absurd and senseless violence keeps dogging the Iraqi people, and especially the small Christian community."

In Baghdad, the car bombing took place off a bridge in Tahrir Square, a district of clothing shops just outside the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy and much of the Iraqi government, a police official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

The policeman and a hospital official said 18 people died. The hospital official said 57 others were injured.

There has been a resurgence of violence in Iraq's capital after several months of relative calm that followed an increase of U.S. forces last year.

There also has been a jump in U.S. military deaths in recent days. Twelve Americans have been killed in the past four days, bringing the overall U.S. military death toll since the start of the war to 3,987, according to an AP count.

The U.S. military said Thursday that soldiers had killed a young Iraqi girl after firing a warning shot at a woman who "appeared to be signaling to someone" along a road where several bombs had recently been found.

The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon in the volatile Diyala province north of Baghdad. An exact location was not given in a military statement.

The girl appeared to be "around 10 years old," said Maj. Brad Leighton, a military spokesman.

In its statement, the military said that "coalition forces fired a warning shot into a berm near a suspicious woman who appeared to be signaling to someone while the soldiers were in the area. A young girl was found behind the berm suffering from a gunshot wound."

Leighton said preliminary reports indicated that soldiers did not believe the woman was a potential suicide bomber, but rather "they were afraid she was signaling to someone that the convoy was going by."

In other violence, five members of an Awakening Council were killed when gunmen attacked two separate checkpoints near Tikrit on Thursday, 80 miles north of Baghdad. Nine others were wounded.

Awakening Councils are made up of mostly Sunni fighters who have accepted U.S. backing to switch allegiances and fight al-Qaida in Iraq.

A suicide bomber also attacked an Awakening Council gathering in the village of Zab outside Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad. Three people were killed and seven others wounded in that attack.

Gunmen also killed a correspondent for a Baghdad newspaper. Qassim Abdul-Hussein al-Iqabi, 36, was shot while walking in Baghdad's largely Shiite Karradah neighborhood, police said.

Excluding al-Iqabi, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has recorded at least 127 journalists and 50 media support workers killed since the U.S.-led war began in March 2003.

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March 19, 2008

Saudis Wahhabists' Multi-Million Dollar PR Agenda in USA

By Erick Stakelbeck
CBN News Terrorism Analyst
March 15, 2008


CBNNews.com - If you want to influence habits, experts will tell you to target young people. Current polls show that many Americans have a negative view of Muslims, especially since the 9/11 attacks. Now the Saudi royal family is trying to change that. They are going to visit some of America's top universities to get their message out.

READ FULL STORY AND WATCH THE VIDEO CLIP HERE.

March 18, 2008

Ethiopia: Church Exhibition More Than Successfull - Organizers


The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)

18 March 2008
Posted to the web 18 March 2008

Fikremariam Tesfaye
Addis Ababa

A Grand Millennium Exhibition showing the deeds of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church over the past two millenniums concluded on Sunday with success, organizers said at the closing ceremony at the Exhibition where it was on show for the past two weeks.

The organizers said the exhibition met its desired objectives given the number of visitors who showed great interest in the history of the church- its achievements in evangelical, economical, social, artistic, legal, administrative, ecological, tourism and other spheres of activities.


Well over 50 thousand people of different religious faiths visited the 10 day-exhibition which had to be extended for another five days, to allow more people get the chance, Priest Dn.Mulugeta Seyoum, Chairperson of the Mahibere Kidusan Millennium Committee which organized the exhibition on behalf of the church said at the closing ceremony.

The exhibition highlighted the Churches contribution and direct role in the country's over all development endeavors.

The exhibition also showed the relationship between the church and state institutions, the church's place in Development and social justice, and the church's Administrative structure with parish councils and Sunday schools in focus.

Dn. Mulugeta Hailemariam said that by demonstrating the past, present-and the future-during which the church prevailed after many ups and downs, the exhibition aimed to inject citizens' sense of responsibility.

He said the committee plans to organize similar exhibition in the regions of the country, including foreign countries-South Africa(in Johannesburg) and neighbor in Kenya (in Nairobi) with a view to extend the church's mission thereby allowing more and more people benefit out of the historic event.

Government ministers, ambassadors and head of missions of sates and governments, members of the international community, higher governmental officials, the patriarch and holy fathers attended the closing ceremony.

Mahibere Kidusan has been preparing various exhibitions since 1996 both in the country and abroad under the broad theme of Ethiopian Church Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

March 14, 2008

MUSLIMS KILL PROTESTANT WORSHIPER IN CHURCH ATTACKS

Assaults with machetes nearly behead Christian, leave 23 injured.
Eight Muslims wielding razor-sharp machetes and knives broke into two village churches in southern Ethiopia earlier this month and began wounding worshipers, instantly killing one Christian. Tulu Mosisa of Kale Hiwot church died after a machete blow nearly beheaded him, according to an eyewitness. Another two members of the Kale Hiwot and Birhane Wongel Baptist churches in the remote village of Menesebo Chebi both lost a hand each in the March 2 attacks, and a 5-year-old boy is still hospitalized after his arm was slashed to the bone. A total of 23 Christians from the two congregations were injured before local militia officers drove off the attackers, who launched what one observer called “a seemingly well-planned,” simultaneous assault midway through Sunday worship services. Located 400 kilometers (240 miles) south of the capital Addis Ababa, Menesebo Chebi is a remote village in the Bale Zone of Ethiopia’s predominantly Muslim Oromiya state. Every time the attackers struck someone, Christian survivors said, they shouted “Allah Akbar!” The two Arabic words, meaning “Allah is greater,” are the beginning of the Muslim call to prayer.

The news has been reported in VOA Amharic service, yesterday March 13/ 2008.

March 10, 2008

“መጪው ዘመን እንዳይቀድመን እንነሣ”

The Reporter Wednesday, 05 March 2008
“መጪው ዘመን እንዳይቀድመን እንነሳ” በሚል የተዘጋጀውና የካቲት 24 ተከፍቶ እስከ መጋቢት 2 ቀን 2000 ዓ.ም የሚቆየው ዐውደ ርዕይ በአዲስ አበባ ኤግዚቢሽን ማዕከል በመታየት ላይ ይገኛል፡፡

በኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን የሰንበት ትምህርት ቤቶች ማደራጃ መምሪያ ማህበረ ቅዱሳን ዕሥራ ምእቱን በማስመልከት ያዘጋጀው ዐውደ ርዕይ የኢትዮጵያ ቤተ ክርስቲያን የሁለት ሺህ ዓመታት ጉዞ የሚያስቃኙ ትዕይንቶች፣ ቤተክርስቲያኒቱ ለሀገር ያበረከተችው ማህበራዊ፣ ምጣኔ ሀብታዊ እና መንፈሳዊና አገልግሎቶች እየቀረቡበት ነው፡፡

በዐውደ ርዕዩ የኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያን ማን ናት? እንዲሁም አምልኮተ እግዚአብሔር በኢትዮጵያ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያን ሐዋሪያዊ ተልዕኮ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር፣ በስነ ጥበብ በሕዝብ አስተዳደርና በሕግ ቀረፃ ያበረከተችውና በልማትና ብልፅግና ያላት አስተዋፅኦ፣ በተፈጥሮና በአካባቢ ጥበቃና በቱሪዝም ዘርፍ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ነገ እና ማህበረ ቅዱሳን የተመለከቱ ዘጠኝ ትዕይንቶች የቀረቡበት ነው፡፡

ዲያቆን ሰሎሞን አስረስ የዐውደ ርዕይ አዘጋጅ ኮሚቴ ሰብሳቢ እንደገለፁልን ዐውደ ርዕዩ ሲዘጋጅ በዋነኛነት ዕስራ ምእቱን ወይም የሚሌኒየሙን በዓል ምክንያት በማድረግ የተዘጋጀና እስካሁን ከቀረቡ ዐውደ ርዕዮች ለየት የሚያደርገው ከዚህ በፊት ቤተ ክርስቲያን ያሏትን ሀብቶች በንዋያተ ቅድሳትና በሌሎች ደረጃ በዝርዝር ያስረዱበት ነበር፡፡ የአሁኑ ዐውደ ርዕይ ከዚህ በፊት ከቀረቡት የሚለየው የቤተ ክርስቲያኒቷ ታሪክ በሁለት ሺህ ዘመናት ምን እንደነበረ፣ የቤተክርስቲያኒቷ ብቻ ሳይሆን በሀገራችን የቤተክርስቲያኒቷ ታሪክ የሀገሪቷ፣ የሀገሪቱ ታሪክ ደግሞ የቤተክርስቲያኒቷ ስለሆነ ታሪኩን ለሕዝቡ በደንቡ ለማስረዳትም ታስቦ ነው፡፡

ኢትዮጵያ ከሌሎች ዓለማት የሚለዩዋት ሃይማኖታዊ፣ ባህላዊና ታሪካዊ እሴቶች አሏት፡፡ ከነዚህ ውስጥ የኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር በትክክል ለሕዝቡ የሚቀርብበት ነው፡፡ “የዘመን አቆጣጠራችን የራሳችን ብቻ መሆኑን የማስረዳትና ከሌሎች የሚለይበትንም ምክንያት ማስገንዘብ” ዓላማችን ነው ብለዋል፡፡

ቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱ በዋነኛነት በስነጥበብ ዘርፍ ከዓለም ድንቅዬ የተባሉ ጥበቦች ያሉባት አገር መሆኗን በስነ ሥዕል፣ በስነ ዜማ፣ በስነ ፅሁፍ፣ በኪነ ሕንፃ የኢትዮጵያ ታሪክ ምን ይመስላል? ከሌሎች ልዩ የሚያደርገንስ ምንድን ነው? እንዴትስ ጠብቀነው መሄድ እንችላለን የሚለው የሚታይበት ነው፡፡

የኢትዮጵያ ታሪክ ሲነሳ ኢትዮጵያ ታላላቅ መሪዎችን ማፍራት የቻለች አገር ናት፡፡ እነዚህን መሪዎች በማፍራት አንፃር ቤተክርስቲያኒቷ ትልቅ ሚና ተጫውታለች፡፡ አገራቸውን የሚወዱ፣ ለአገራቸው የሚሞቱ፣ ራሳቸውን አሳልፈው የሚሰጡና አገራቸውን አስጠብቀውና ነፃ አድርገው የሚኖሩ ሆኖም የሌሎችን ድንበር ዘለው የማይሄዱ ትልቅ ታሪክ ያላቸውን መሪዎች አፍርታለች፡፡ ብዙዎቹ መሪዎች ከቤተክርስቲያን የወጡ ነበሩ፡፡ ይህ የቤተ ክርስቲያኒቷ አስተምህሮ ለመሪዎቹ ሰብዕና ከፍተኛ አስተዋፅኦ ነበረው፡፡

በሕግ ረገድም ቢታይ አሁን ፍትሐ ብሔር፣ የወንጀል ሕግ የሚባሉት ረቅቀው ባልወጡበት በዛን ዘመን ሕግ በማፅደቅ፣ ሕዝቡን በማስተዳደር፣ በመዳኘትና በመሸምገል ብዙ አስተዋፅኦ አድርጋለች፡፡ ለዚህም “ፍትሐ ነገሥት” ተጠቃሽ ነው፡፡ ይህ ለአሁኑ ትውልድ ትምህርት በመሆኑ ዐውድ ርዕዩ አንዱ የማሳያና የማስተማሪያ መድረክ ነው፡፡

ቤተክርስቲያኒቷ በልማትና በብልፅግና ያላት አስተዋፅኦን አስመልክቶ ብዙ የተሳሳቱ አመለካከቶች ሲንፀባረቁ ይታያሉ፡፡ ቤተክርስቲያኒቷ ሰው ሥራ እንዲፈታ የምታስተምር፣ ማግኘት ትክክል እንዳልሆነ እንደምታስተምር ተደርጎ የማየት ነገር አለ፡፡ ትምህርቷ ሰው ሰርቶ ማደግ ሌላውንም መርዳትና መደገፍ እንደሚኖርበት ነው፡፡ ሰርቶ ባገኘው ግን ወንጀልን መፈፀም እንደሌለበት ትምህርቶቿ ሁሉ የዕድገት መሆኑን ግንዛቤ የሚገኝበትም ነው፡፡

በነበሩት ሁለት ሺህ ዓመታትና ከዚህ በፊት በነበሩት ጊዜያት ቤተክርስቲያኒቷ ከነበራት አስተዋፅኦ በተጨማሪ ወደፊት ይህንን ጠብቆ ለማቆየት ምን መሰራት አለበት የሚለው የሚነሳ ጥያቄ በመሆኑ ለዚህም አቅጣጫ የሚያመላክትበት ነው፡፡

ትላንት ምን ነበር፣ ምን ልዩ የሚያደርግ ነገር አለ፣ ምን አበርክተናል እና ወደፊት ደግሞ ይህ ትውልድ ምን መስራት ይኖርበታል የሚለውን የሚያሳዩበት ዐውደ ርዕይ መሆኑን ሰብሳቢው ገልጸዋል፡፡

ከዐውደ ርዕዩ ጎን ለጎን በኤግዚቢሽን ማዕከሉ አዳራሽ የፊታችን ቅዳሜና እሑድ ዐውደ ጥናቶች ይኖራሉ፡፡

ሶስተኛው ሺህ ሲነሳ አብዛኛው ተረካቢ ቀጣዩ ትውልድ በመሆኑም አሁን የተደረሰበትን ጨምሮ ለቀጣዩ ትውልድ ለማስተላለፍ የሕፃናት ቀን መዘጋጀቱን ያመለከቱት ዲያቆን ሰሎምን፣ በቅርብ ቀናትም በስድስት ከተሞች ውስጥ ዐውደ ርዕዩ መታየት እንደሚጀምር ጠቁመዋል፡፡


በምሕረት ሞገስ

March 8, 2008

Abune Petros



Dear Deje Selamawiyan,
I came across an inspiring video of the legendary poet Tsegaye Gebremedhin called "Petros Yachin Seat". Worth viewing.

Yeabatachin YeAbune Petros Tselot Yetebeqen!!!
Amen.
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Abune Petros was born in 1892 in a farmer family in the city of Fiche, which is situated north of Addis Ababa. He got the baptismal name Hailemariam that means power of Maria. As the custom of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) tradition he got a special bishop name, that is PETROS with the Ethiopian title for a bishop which is ABUNE. As a young boy Abune Petros was known as clever, helpful and humble disciple in the church and city of Fiche. He chose early to study the EOC diakon and priest education. At the age of 24 he took the EOC oath and became a monk. He grew up and became a principled and well-known teacher around the monasteries in Fiche and Wolamo areas. In 1918 he was assigned by the EOC as the teacher and priest for the Debre-Menkrat monastery church in the region of Wolamo. Abune Petros continued to teach there when in 1924 he was assigned as the main teacher for the well-known island monastery-church of Mary, which is situated inside Lake Zewai in southern part of Ethiopia. He was well known for his teaching and preaching to the people around the region to seek first the kingdom of God: “ To put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. “ (Colossians 3:12) His teachings and preaching were very popular and insightful to the people in the area and the disciples he teaches in the Monastery. In 1928 in connection with the nomination of Ethiopian bishops in the St. Marks Monastery in Alexandria, he was nominated to one of four bishops of Ethiopia, with the title and name ABUNE PETROS.

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March 6, 2008

Historical Churches Renovated



Historical Churches older than Lalibela are renovating.

ደሴ የካቲት 27/2000/ዋኢማ/ በሰሜን ወሎ ዞን ላስታ ወረዳ በላሊበላ ከተማ ዙሪያ የሚገኙ ታሪካዊና ኃይማኖታዊ ቅርሶች በዝናብና በፀሐይ ከሚደርስባቸው ጉዳት ለመከላከል የሚያስችል እንክብካቤና ጥገና እያደረገ መሆኑን የላሊበላ ከተማ ባህልና ቱሪዝም ሃብቶች ማስተባበሪያ ጽሕፈት ቤት አስታወቀ።

በጽሕፈት ቤቱ የቱሪዝም ሀብቶች ማስተባባሪያ ቡድን መሪ አቶ ሀብታሙ ተስፋ ለዋልታ ኢንፎርሜሽን ማዕከል እንዳስታወቁት፤ በላሊበላ ከተማ ዙሪያ በገጠር ቀበሌዎች የሚገኙ ሰባት ጥንታዊና ሀይማኖታዊ ቋሚ ቅርሶች ጥገናና እንክብካቤ እየተደረገላቸው ነው።

ጥገና እየተደረገላቸው ያሉት አብያተ ክርስቲያናትና ቋሚ ቅርሶች በዕድሜ ከላሊበላ ውቅር አብያተ ክርስቲያናት የሚቀድሙ መሆናቸውን ቡድን መሪው ገልፀው፣፤ በዝናብ፣ በፀሐይና ነፋስ ከሚደርስባቸው ጉዳት ለመከላከል የሰንበሌጥና እንጨት ክዳኖቻቸውን ታሪካዊነታቸውን እንደጠበቁ የማደስና የማጠናከር ተግባራት እየተከናወነ መሆኑን ገልፀዋል።

ለአብያተ ክርሰቲያናቱና ታሪካዊ ቅርሶች እድሳትና ማጠናከሪያ የሚውል 153ሺ ብር ከፌዴራል ባህልና ቱሪዝም ሚኒስቴር እና ከቅርስ ጥናትና ጥበቃ ባለስልጣን መመደቡን አስታውቀዋል።

ቋሚ ቅርሶቹ በበርካታ የውጭ አገር ቱሪስቶች የሚጐበኙና ከፍተኛ የቱሪዝም ገቢ ምንጭ መሆናቸውም ጠቅሰው፣ ቋሚ ቅርሶቹን ከሰው ሰራሽና ከተፈጥሮ ጉዳት ለመከላከል ከጊዜያዊ መጠለያ በተጨማሪ ዘላቂ መጠለያ እንዲኖራቸው ለማስቻል ከሚመለከታቸው አካላት ጋር ውይይት እየተደረገ መሆኑን መሆኑን ገልፀዋል።

እድሳትና እንክብካቤ እየተደረገላቸው ካሉት አብያተ ክርስቲያናት መካከልም ገነተማሪያም፣ አሸተንማሪያም፣ ቀኒት ሚካኤል፣ ካርቲና ሚካኤልና ጊልባና ጊዮርጊስ እንደሚገኙበት ቡድን መሪው መናገራቸውን ዋልታ ኢንፎርሜሽን ማዕከል ዘግቧል።

The above news is excerpted from the government affiliated news agency Walta.

The Mystery Of the term (in Islam) "Pbuh" Unveiled

This is excerpted from an article
"Islam Unveiled" posted on http://www.copticchurch.org/

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"This cryptic word is accepted by Muslims as an abbreviation for “peace be upon him.” It is respectfully spoken as well as written after repeating the name of Muhammad. Although it is supposed to be the rendering of an Arabic phrase, it is actually not a true translation--only half of it is. The Arabic phrase is Salla-llahu’ alayhi wassalam. It occurs in the Qur'anic text and literally read, “Lo Allah and His angels pray upon the prophet. Oh yea who believe, pray on him and salute him with peace.”

One is utterly confounded when the literal and real translation is understood. Why do our Muslim friends hide the true meaning of pbuh? It is because the Arabic statement is embarrassing since it contradicts Muslim doctrine?
How is Allah supposed to pray to Muhammad and greet Him or anyone else for that matter? Does Allah pray? And if He does, to whom does He pray? Is this passage not contrary to Muslim theology, which teaches that Allah is prayed to but He never prays to anyone else? Or does Allah really pray to other human beings or only to Muhammad, Allah’s own prophet? The confusion of this popular Islamic expression leaves one perplexed and hanging in the air."

PLease Read this very interesting article entitled "Islam Unveiled".

March 5, 2008

‹‹ዕቀብ ሕዝባ ወሠራዊታ ለሀገሪትን ኢትዮጵያ››

By LOM
I read this article few days ago. Adwa is not only a victory of Ethiopians more over the entire African continent, but it has been a revelation of the Christian Ethiopia .A Revelation that God has performed .A response for the great faith of Ethiopians. When we look back to our history Ethiopian kings, highest, Soldiers and people prayed in front of God for victory as one United Nation .Because they believed that God has to lead them in their every step. It was in every individual heart and soul that a leader, from Patriarch, kings to Grazemach are anointed by God. As a result success and victory was achieved. They had the deepest believe that the Lord of the Israelites will lead them and protect them. They carried the Arc of the Covenant to the battle field and when exiled from their country just like the Isrealites. Adwa’s miraculous victory was witnessed by non Ethiopians (Italians); the whole world for that matter. They saw him, the Patron Saint, in his white horse galloping on the grounds of Adwa. This The win in Adwa says: Ethiopia is land of God (Hagre EgeziAbehaer ) ,its says Ethiopia victory is through GOD with in the belief that is Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. Sometimes it is beyond our imagination especially for us living in this chaotic time .In this regretful era of betraying political leaders and dissension in views of church fathers might tend us to forget how Thy Lord’s ears are open to our prayers, how close God is the Tewahedo church. Our fore fathers has given us a prayer discipline to pray for the poor ,those in sickness, the holy, the clergy ,the faithful, the weak ,our country and the soldiers. The soldiers that St. George will help as he did ,the soldiers that protects the country so why don’t we hear that prayer any more? Especially those of us a broad has our greedy selfish pride hold us from saying ‘Ekeb hizba weserawita lehageriten Ethiopia’?



YeIesrael Amelak Ethiopain Yetebeke.

March 4, 2008

የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያንን የረጅም ታሪክ ጉዞ የሚያንፀባርቅ ዓውደ ርዕይ ተከፈተ

አዲስ አበባ, የካቲት 24 ቀን 2000 (አዲስ አበባ) ENA - ማህበረ ቅዱሳን ያዘጋጀውና የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያንን የረጅም ታሪክ ጉዙ የሚያንፀባርቅ ዓውደ ርዕይ ዛሬ በኢግዚቢሽን ማዕከል ተከፈተ፡፡

በርካታ ሀዝብ የተገኘበትን ዓውደ ርዕይ የከፈቱት ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስ ፓትሪያርክ ርዕሰ ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት ዘኢትዮጵያና የዓለም አብያተ ክርስቲያናት ፕሬዚዳንት ናቸው፡፡ አባቶች በየዘመኑ ያጋጠማቸውን ዕንቅፋት በመቋቋም ከፍተኛ ዋጋ ያለው ቅርስ ትተውልን አልፈዋል ያሉት ፓትርያርኩ ወጣቶቹ ይህን ሰፊ ታሪክ ህዝቡ እንዲያውቀው የሚያደርጉት ጥረት ሊበረታታ ይገባዋል ብለዋል፡፡

ዓውደ ርዕዩ በዘጠኝ ከፍሎች የተከፈለ ሲሆን ቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱ በሥነ ፅሁፍ ዘርፍ ያበረከተችው አስተዋፅኦ፣ ኢትዮጵያ የራሷ ፊደል እንዲኖራት ቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱ ያደረገችው ጥረት፣ የኢትዮጵያ ቤተ ክርስቲያን መሠረተ ዕምነትና ሥርዓት፣ የቤተ ክርስቲያኗ ሐዋርያዊ ተልዕኮ በኢትዮጵያ፣ በአፍሪካና በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ ያለው ገፅታ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር የተመሠረተው በኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን መሆኑንና ሌሎችንም ያካትታል፡፡ በኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተክርስቲያ የሰንበት ትምህርት ቤቶች ማደራጃ መምሪያ የማህበረ ቅዱሳን የእሥራ ምዕት በዓል ዝግጅት ዓቢይ ኮሚቴ ሰብሳቢ ዶክተር ሙሉጌታ ስዩም እንዳስታወቁት የዓውደ ርዕዩ ዓላማ የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን በ2000 ዘመን ውስጥ በተለያዩ ዘርፎች ለኢትዮጵያ ያደረገችውን አስተዋኦ ማሳየትና ማስተዋወቅ ነው፡፡

እንዲሁም አዲሱ ትውልድ ከቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱ አስተዋፅኦ በመነሳት የአባቶቹን መልካም ሥራ አርአያ በማድረግ ለቤተ ክርስቲያኗ፣ ለኢትዮጵያ፣ ለአፍሪካና ለዓለም የሚጠቅም ሥራ እንዲሠራ የሚያነሳሳ መሆኑን ገልጸዋል፡፡

ዓውደ ርዕዩ ለ10 ቀናት የሚቆይ ሲሆን ከ60ሺ በላይ ህዝብ ይመለከተዋል ተብሎ ይጠበቃል፡፡ በዓውደ ርዕዩ መክፈቻ ላይ ብፁዓን ጳጳሳት፣ ከፍተኛ የመንግሥት ባለሥልጣናት፣ ታዋቂ ሰዎች፣ ጥሪ የተደረገላቸው ዕንግዶች፣ የማህበረ ቅዱሳን አባላትና በርካታ ቁጥር ያላቸው የህብረተሰብ ክፍሎች ተገኝተዋል፡፡

A Prayer of Glory to Christ

Glory to Thee, Lord.
What shall I give Thee, Lord, in return for all Thy kindness?
Glory to Thee for Thy love.
Glory to Thee for Thy mercy.
Glory to Thee for Thy patience.
Glory to Thee for forgiving us all our sins.
Glory to Thee for coming to save our souls.
Glory to Thee for Thine incarnation in the Virgin's womb.
Glory to Thee for Thy bonds.
Glory to Thee for receiving the cut of the lash.
Glory to Thee for accepting mockery.
Glory to Thee for Thy crucifixion.
Glory to Thee for Thy burial.
Glory to Thee for Thy resurrection.
Glory to Thee who were preached to men and women.
Glory to Thee in whom they believed.
Glory to Thee who were taken up into Heaven.
Glory to Thee who sit in great glory at the Father's right hand.
Glory to Thee whose will it is that the sinner should be saved
through Thy great mercy and compassion.

By Saint Ephrem The Syrian

March 2, 2008

Battle of Adwa:St. George Day Victory



On March 1st 1896 a major battle took place in Adwa between an all-Ethiopian army headed by Emperor Menelik the second and an Italian colonial army commanded by General Oreste Baratieri. It ended with a decisive Ethiopian victory. Glory to God of St. George!!!! The Ethiopians took St. george's Tabot and God granted them all victories.

"The confrontation between Italy and Ethiopia at Adwa was a fundamental turning point in Ethiopian history," writes Henze, who compares this victory to Japan's naval victory over Russia at Tsushima. "Though apparent to very few historians at the time, these defeats were the beginning of the decline of Europe as the center of world politics."[24]

On a similar note, the Ethiopian historian Bahru Zewde observed that "few events in the modern period have brought Ethiopia to the attention of the world as has the victory at Adwa;" however, Bahru Zewde puts his emphasis on other elements of this triumph: "The racial dimension was what lent Adwa particular significance. It was a victory of blacks over whites. Adwa thus anticipated by almost a decade the equally shattering experience to the whites of the Japanese victory over Russia in 1905."[25]

This defeat of a colonial power and the ensuing recognition of African sovereignty became rallying points for later African nationalists during their struggle for decolonization, as well as activists and leaders of the Pan-African movement.[26] As the Afrocentric scholar Molefe Asante explains, "After the victory over Italy in 1896, Ethiopia acquired a special importance in the eyes of Africans as the only surviving African State. After Adowa, Ethiopia became emblematic of African valour and resistance, the bastion of prestige and hope to thousands of Africans who were experiencing the full shock of European conquest and were beginnng to search for an answer to the myth of African inferiority."[27]
Why was Adwa Successful?

God of Our Fathers, give us this day victories over hate, poverty, selfishness, sin.
Cher Were Yaseman. amen.

March 1, 2008

የቅድስት ሥላሴ መንፈሳዊ ኮሌጅ ውዝግብ ቀጥሏል

በቅድስት ሥላሴ መንፈሣዊ ኮሌጅ ተማሪዎችና በኮሌጁ አስተዳዳሪዎች መካከል ከአራት ወር በፊት የተጀመረው ውዝግብ አሁንም ቀጥሏል፡፡ ያቀረብናቸው ጥያቄዎች አልተመለሱልንም የሚሉ ተማሪዎች በአስተዳደሩ በደል እየተፈፀመባቸው እንደሚገኙ ሲገልጹ የኮሌጁ አስተዳደር በበኩሉ የተማሪዎቹ ውንጀላ መሰረተ ቢስ መሆኑን ይናገራል፡፡

የአስተዳደር ብልሹነት፣ የአካዳሚክ ጉዳይ፣ የደመወዝና የምግብ ሁኔታን በሚመለከት ጥያቄ ማቅረባቸውን የሚገልጹት የመንፈሳዊ ኮሌጁ ተማሪዎች እስካሁን ድረስ ምላሽ አለማግኘታውን ተናግረዋል፡፡

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