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Ethiopia

Ethiopia. The cross: symbol of a country.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church (Tawahedo) celebrates two feasts of the Holy Cross: ‘The Exaltation of the Holy Cross’ is the most popular, it is called the ‘Masqal festival’. It falls on Meskerem 17 of the Ethiopian calendar corresponding to September 27 in the Julian calendar. This ancient Christian feast follows eight days of celebrations starting…

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Ethiopia – Bushulo Catholic Health Centre

The health centre has been serving the community since 1979. It is situated at 6 km south of Awassa in southern Ethiopia. As a health institution of the Vicariate of Awassa, it provides a multitude of health care services. The Centre is run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) Sisters. Health is a major…

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Ethiopia – Renaissance dam worries Egypt

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Internal upheavals, which reflect a broader redefinition of geopolitics in North Africa and the Middle East, is not the only problem Egypt is facing. Cairo is also worried by Nile water row with Ethiopia.   Last 13 June, the Ethiopian parliament ratified the new Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement, opposed by Egypt.  On 20 June,…

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Ethiopia: Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway

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  Ethiopia and Djibouti’s economies have been reliant for a long time now. Djibouti is the main port that connects Ethiopia with global economy, in particular with China, the most important  trading partner of the country. A symbiotic relationship has developed between Djibouti and Ethiopia. Addis Ababa handles 90 per cent of its import-export trade…

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Ethiopia – Uncertain future

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  When the official announcement came, no one was surprised. On August 20th, the Ethiopian government released news of Males Zenawi’s death. He had been absent from the political scene for more than two months. According to some sources he was in India for medical check-ups. Others say he died in Brussels. Whatever the case,…

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Lake Tana – Holy islands

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  With its many islands and surrounded by breathtaking mountains, Lake Tana was a natural venue for people searching deep spirituality. Many of the islands of this beautiful lake hosted, probably since the fourth century, some of the oldest Christian sites in Ethiopia. Very little remains of that era. Of the first settlements we have…

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Gondar – New iconography

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  The spirit of Ethiopian Christianity is expressed not only in works of great architectural merit and originality, but in a wide range of artistic creations: in wall paintings – together with architecture, they represent the most relevant aspect of the artistic richness of Ethiopia -, illuminated manuscripts, processional crosses, books of benedictions, and in…

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Debra Damo – Mystic experience

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  Those wishing to journey into the past ought to go to Debra Damo. It is the oldest Ethiopic monastery and a symbol of the Ethiopian monastic experience. Debra Damo is found 90 km north-east of Axum, immersed in a spectacular landscape with deep canyons and surrounded by many ambas – mountains with a flat…

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Ethiopian Church – Rooted in the past

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 Legends have it that the Apostle Matthew went to Ethiopia to evangelize the people and eventually died there. History somehow differs. Christianity arrived in Ethiopia thanks to Syrian missionaries. The first two, unwilling, missionaries were Aedesius and Frumentius, two brothers from Tyre who shipwrecked near Adulis, in the Red Sea, at the beginning of the…

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Book Review – The last two frontiers

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Ethiopia stands out in African history. As any proud Ethiopian will tell you, the country has been united since Biblical times. Indeed, there is ample evidence that the Queen of Sheba – who visited King Solomon in Jerusalem – returned home pregnant. She gave birth to a boy who became Menelik I, the first emperor…

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Advocacy

Indigenous Peoples' Cosmo-Vision Advocacies For Nature.

Indigenous peoples’ views of nature are incompatible with the extractive model, which is based on excess and limitless profit-seeking that drives to prey on natural…

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Baobab

Tortoise and the Baboon.

0ne evening when the tortoise was crawling slowly home, he met the baboon on his path. “Hello, old fellow - said the baboon heartily - Have you…

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Youth & Mission

Europe. The Tension of Being Young. Between Uncertainty and Responsibility.

The lives of many young Europeans are characterized by uncertainty. Sarah Prenger, president of the International Young Christian Workers movement, points out the personal and social…

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