The Conference of Catholic Bishops of Ethiopia (www.CBCE-gs.org) held its 53rd Plenary Assembly from July 20-22, 2022 in Addis Ababa. The concluding conference delivers a message on current events in the country.
In the message issued in the month of July 2022, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Ethiopia stated that “the Church is facing a great challenge due to the absence of peace in the country, which prevents her from accomplishing effectively apostolic services.Our parishes, including the Diocese of Adigrat, share the challenge.Priests and sisters have fled their places due to security, and the number of closed chapels and convents is increasing.
We urge the government and the people to work together to ensure peace in our country so that the citizens can live freely. They also struggle to meet their basic needs. Citizens are still killed and exiled because of their identity in many places (for example recently, in Wolga).
As we have done in the past, we call on all the parties concerned to favor the option of peace, dialogue and reconciliation. We assure to contribute our part to achieve peace. Our church will do its best to make the national dialogue that has begun successful. The church will continue to strengthen its contribution so that all possible efforts are made.
We are also very concerned about our drought-affected populations and call on all concerned to work hard and united to reach them for emergency assistance. »
(With contributions from APO)