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Australia: Catholic Cardinal Confronted on His Involvement in Tigray Genocide

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 22, 2022

The Ethiopian prelate of the Ethiopian Catholic Church – Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Addis Ababa was in Sydney, Australia.

❖ After a Sunday mass in St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, a woman from Tigray, Ethiopia confronts him about his complicity in Tigray Genocide. While he is meeting people after the mass service, a woman is beckoned by another woman to meet him. He seems to recognize her or her affiliation. The woman approaches him and after greeting him respectfully, she seems to tell him that she represents the Tigray community and then she confronts him thus:

“We just want to ask why there wasn’t much coverage on the Tigray Genocide. Because there is a genocide happening in the Tigray Region right now. As a christian, as father of God you [haven’t said much?]…

We have a picture of you and other religious leaders standing with the Ethiopian military.”


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Italian Archbishop Suggests Pope Benedict XVI Resigned Under Obama ‘Pressure’

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 10, 2017

The image: While President Obama was escorting Pope Francis September 23, 2015, cameras captured something subliminal: HORNS

It wouldn’t be the first time it appeared Obama had a set of horns.

A year after Pope Benedict XVI was forced to resign, while giving a speech in the White House, it appeared the president had horns coming out of his head:

An Italian archbishop close to Pope Benedict XVI has claimed that the Obama administration may have been complicit in the “tremendous pressures” that led the former pope to resign in 2013.

It is “no coincidence” that some Catholic groups “have asked President Trump to open a commission of inquiry to investigate whether the administration of Barack Obama exerted pressure on Benedict,” said Archbishop Luigi Negri in an interview Monday, citing other revelations by Wikileaks regarding efforts by the Democratic Party to sway the direction of the Catholic Church in the United States.

It remains shrouded in mystery for now,” he said to news outlet Rimini 2.0, “but I am sure that those responsible will be found out.”

The archbishop was making reference to a letter written by a group of American Catholics to President Trump last January requesting that the administration conduct an investigation into a possible Soros-Obama-Clinton conspiracy behind the resignation of Pope Benedict.

The letter stated specifically that “we have reason to believe that a Vatican ‘regime change’ was engineered by the Obama administration.”

Approximately a year after an e-mail conversation released by Wikileaks, the authors contended, “we find that Pope Benedict XVI abdicated under highly unusual circumstances and was replaced by a pope whose apparent mission is to provide a spiritual component to the radical ideological agenda of the international left.”

In startling revelations last October, Clinton campaign chief John Podesta was found to have created phony “Catholic” organizations in order to use Church leaders to push a liberal agenda in congress and to promote the agenda of the Democratic Party.

In the midst of the hundreds of John Podesta’s emails released by Wikileaks, one contained a report by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a faux Catholic association founded by Podesta to provoke a revolution in the Catholic Church.

The executive director of the organization, Christopher J. Hale, referred to the group’s “grueling preparation for Pope Francis’s apostolic trip to the US.”

Along with efforts to infiltrate the Church hierarchy, the organization’s collusion with the Obama administration was also made apparent in Hale’s report.

I spoke to the White House yesterday and they assure us the media’s moniker calling us ‘God Squad’ isn’t just sweet nothings, but actually a fair assessment of the substantial difference we’re making in this conversation,” he wrote.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput described a meeting with two members of the other “Catholic” organization that Podesta claims to have founded—Catholics United. In a published essay, the archbishop depicted a methodology eerily similar to that employed by Catholics in Alliance.

Chaput said that the two men were “obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party—creatures of a political machine, not men of the Church,” who showed remarkable “talents of servile partisan hustling.”

In a separate statement, the head of the U.S. Bishops Conference, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, issued an indictment of the Clinton team, calling them out for interfering in the Church’s self-governance for “short-term political gain.”

Kurtz suggested that Podesta’s actions in creating “Catholic” lobby groups for the Democratic Party constituted a breach of religious freedom, “one of the founding principles of our republic,” which ensures the right of faith communities to “preserve the integrity of their beliefs and proper self-governance.”

In his interview Monday, Archbishop Negri said he has visited Pope Benedict “several times” since the pontiff’s resignation in 2013. Negri resigned last month as archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio, a post assigned him by Pope Benedict, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Archbishop Negri did not lay all the blame for Benedict’s resignation on the Obama administration, but said he was “certain that the truth will emerge one day showing grave liability both inside and outside the Vatican.”

In the interview, Negri was also critical of Pope Francis for failing to answer the dubia—or “questions”—made by four Cardinals regarding certain teachings in the Pope’s letter Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) that seem unclear to many in the Church.

Amoris Laetitia needs clarification, unfortunately, the current leader of the Church still remains silent,” he said. “I think that the Holy Father should respond, although he seems to have decided to the contrary.”


Nothing would surprise us. Let’s face it, he was the first pope to resign in 600 years. Something isn’t right.

We are fighting powers and principalities of heavenly realms. These are dark times indeed


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Villagers Attack Church Compound in Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 1, 2016

There is a question in our hearts and minds. Why Lord? Why like this?

Scenes after the attack of Church property, the unforgettable day for the Vicariate of Meki in Ethiopia, on 18th of February.  ETHIOPIA / MEKI-LAT 12/00050 Maintenance and painting work for Gighessa Socio-Pastoral Training Centre

Scenes after the attack of Church property, the unforgettable day for the Vicariate of Meki in Ethiopia, on 18th of February.
Maintenance and painting work for Gighessa Socio-Pastoral Training Centre

A Bishop in Ethiopia has expressed his horror after the Feb. 18, 2016 torching and looting of a Church compound by the very people being helped by priests and women religious.

In a message sent to international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Abraham Desta described how Gighessa parish—“one of the oldest and biggest parishes of the Vicariate of Meki”—was attacked by “the people for whom, and with whom, we work very closely.”

Bishop Desta, the Apostolic Vicar of Meki, described how villagers “including young and old, women and children… started throwing stones and destroying Church properties,” including the rectory, diocesan pastoral centre, a small Ursuline convent and a clinic specializing in care for the handicapped.

More than 55 people from around the world attending a conference on nursery education at the pastoral center were whisked to safety, but the sisters stayed behind, refusing to leave patients at their clinic, until eventually they too fled the scene. Having set fire to the rectory, the attackers made off with a year’s supply of food, as well as livestock including cows.

Bishop Desta added: “The Ursuline Sisters who run the clinic were left behind with the patients as they were not willing to leave the patients alone, but the people did not spare them.” Having demanded that all the clinic’s goods be handed over, the mob “began to destroy and to take away everything including the personal clothes in front of the sisters.


The prelate reported: “Sad to say, no one went to help the sisters, but by God’s grace they managed to reach Shashamane, the nearest parish, along with the patients and spend that night there. The patients are currently being cared for in Shashamane. “They have lost everything, except the precious gift of life that is being given freely by God almighty,” the bishop said.

The bishop expressed his shock that “all this [was] done by the local people whom [the sisters] were serving, whom they know very well – if not all [then] at least a good number of them.”

The conference center was looted, the bishop said: The mob “carried away all that belonged to the center, including more than 250 beds, mattresses, some 700 blankets, bed sheets, bed covers, as well as washing machines, televisions, generators, copier machines, and computers—even the doors and windows of the” building, which was left completely damaged and barren.”

The attackers also seized more 26,455 pounds of food, including wheat, rice, and pasta—the center’s supply for the whole year. Cows and chickens, which were kept on a small piece of land belonging to the parish, were also taken. The only building in the compound that was not attacked was the school.

Bishop Desta concluded: “today there is a question in our hearts and minds. Why Lord? Why like this? I hope that in due time the Lord will give us an answer.”



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Easter: Fixed and Moveable Christian Feasts

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 31, 2013

I remember some years ago, during a flight from Amsterdam to England, two ladies sitting next to me were talking about “how wonderful it would be if there was some snow on Christmas day”, and I was jokingly telling them as the plane started ascending into the clouds, “yes! we do have a white Christmas, can’t you see the beautiful clouds below the plane?” It was around 15° Celsius! People in Europe permanently wish for a white Christmas, but, they don’t get it. Lately, snow during Christmas has become a very rare phenomena. This season, we have no white Christmas, instead white Easter, no Easter Bunny, but Easter Bear.

The Ethiopian calendar (and other Orthodox Churches) differs from that of Europe and the countries that Europeans influenced through colonization or occupation and so on

While the Catholic and Protestant world celebrates Easter this weekend, almost all Orthodox Churches continue to celebrate Easter/Pascha/Fasika according to the Julian Calendar

The Old Calendarists and the Orthodox Churches of Jerusalem, Ethiopia, Egypt, India, Russia, Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine continue to use the Julian Calendar.

The Gregorian calendar is the calendar that is used nearly everywhere in the world. A modification of the Julian calendar, it was first proposed by the Calabrian doctor Aloysius Lilius, and was decreed by Pope Gregory XIII, for whom it was named, on 24 February 1582 via the papal bull Inter gravissimas. Its years are numbered per the perceived birth year of Jesus Christ, which is labeled the “anno Domini” era. This era was created in the 6th century by Roman monk Dionysius Exiguus.

The motivation of the Catholic Church in adjusting the calendar was to have Easter celebrated at the time that they thought had been agreed to at the First Council of Nicaea in 325. Although a canon of the council implies that all churches used the same Easter, they did not.

The dates “5 October 1582” to “14 October 1582” (inclusive) are still valid in virtually all countries because even most Roman Catholic countries did not adopt the new calendar on the date specified by the bull, but months or even years later (the last in 1587)

Both Eastern and Western Christianity use the same calculation. However, they use different calendars! Western Christianity uses the Gregorian Calendar (circa 1582). All of Eastern Christianity continues to use the older Julian Calendar for the determination of the paschal date even though some Orthodox jurisdictions use the newer calendar for the celebration of their fixed feasts (e.g., the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America uses the “new” calendar for fixed feasts, but the “old” calendar for the determination of Pascha).

The difference between March 20/21 on the Julian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar is around 13 days.

In essence, Orthodox Easter (Pascha) will always occur on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Vernal Equinox after Passover. This can lead to a divergence of celebration that may see both East and West celebrating the Lord’s Resurrection on the same date, to as many as five weeks difference, like this year.

During the Middle Ages 1 January was given the name New Year’s Day (or an equivalent name) in all Western European countries (those with predominantly Catholic populations), even while most of those countries began their numbered year on 25 December (the Nativity of Jesus), then 25 March (the Incarnation of Jesus), and even Easter, as in France.

This name was the result of always displaying the months of the medieval calendar from January to December (in twelve columns containing 28 to 31 days each), just like the Romans did. Furthermore, all Western European countries (except for a few Italian states) shifted the first day of their numbered year to 1 January while they were still using the Julian calendar, before they adopted the Gregorian calendar, many during the sixteenth century.

Eastern European countries (most of them with populations showing allegiance to the Orthodox Church) began their numbered year on 1 September (since about 988) just like in the Ethiopian calendar that begins New Year on Meskerem/September 1/11(12)

In 2014, the moon will be “ecumenical”. Therefore, the Catholic and Orthodox Churches will celebrate Easter together on April 20th.

Concerning Easter 2015 and following, a decree will be submitted by the AOCTS to the Holy See for approval. It should establish the final adoption of the Julian calendar for the celebration of Easter, by all the Catholic Churches of the Holy Land, “resulting in the adapting of the liturgical calendar for the beginning of Lent and the Feast of Pentecost.” This is what we read in the Directives of the AOCTS, which states, “This decision will be accepted, respected and implemented by all Catholics of Eastern and Latin rites, as well as by all the foreigners living in our diocese.

Now, some curios stuff:

English Month

Ethiopic Month

Ethiopic Meaning

English Meaning












Habitation/Lodging Time




Searching/Seeking/Needing Time




Gathering/Collecting Time











መዓዛ ሺት





Stone Wall/Tower/Castle








Fertility/Exuberant Vegetation





A lot of languages, including English, use month names based on Latin. Their meaning is listed below. However, some languages (Czech and Polish, for example) use quite different

names. Month





Named after the god Janus.



Named after Februa, the purification festival.



Named after the god Mars.



Named either after the goddess Aphrodite or the Latin word aperire, to open.



Probably named after the goddess Maia.



Probably named after the goddess Juno.



Named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.E. Prior to that time its name was Quintilis from the word quintus, fifth, because it was the 5th month in the old Roman calendar.



Named after emperor Augustus in 8 B.C.E. Prior to that time the name was Sextilis from the word sextus, sixth, because it was the 6th month in the old Roman calendar.



From the word septem, seven, because it was the 7th month in the old Roman calendar.



From the word octo, eight, because it was the 8th month in the old Roman calendar.



From the word novem, nine, because it was the 9th month in the old Roman calendar.



From the word decem, ten, because it was the 10th month in the old Roman calendar.

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