AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - Archbishop of Addis Ababa: "peace is the only way out of the problems for the Ethiopian people"

Thursday, 2 May 2024

Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) - "Behold, the King of the world has risen, let us welcome him, honor and praise him as an instrument of peace for our country and our people in the light of his Resurrection". With these words Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, addresses the population in a message on the occasion of Easter, which will be celebrated in Ethiopia next Sunday, May 5th. The country follows the Julian calendar used by Orthodox Christians. In this context, Cardinal Souraphiel, who is also President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ethiopia, also emphasizes that peace is the only way out of the problems of the Ethiopian people, who have been involved in ethnic conflicts for years (see Fides, 3/12/2020). Referring to the words of the Apostle Matthew "Peace be with you" (Mt 20:19), the cardinal called on all believers to consider the cross as a source of peace. "The peace of the cross encompasses all values, the dignity of life, love, generosity, peace, justice and mercy," said the cardinal.
At the head of the Ethiopian Commission for Peace and Reconciliation, since 21 January 2019 for over two years, Cardinal Berhaneyesus called on people to pray for the peace in the country. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 2/5/2024)