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Dossier August 2016

Lalibela, the Ethiopian Jerusalem

The apotheosis of Christian worship in Ethiopia is Lalibela, which is named after the sovereign who lived between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. At the time, the expansion of Islam had made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem difficult for the faithful: King Lalibela then thought of setting up an Ethiopian Jerusalem, complete with Golgotha, the Sepulchre,…

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Coptic Churches of Ethiopia

A journey among the Coptic churches of Ethiopia. In search of the Christian roots… Axum was Christian even well before much of Europe: from this point of view Ethiopia is also quite unique in Africa. Christianity, which according to the tradition of the Ethiopian church arrived in the country at Axum, from the times of…

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Debre Damo, the mystical experience

A journey back in time is certainly what Debre Damo ofers, the oldest preserved Ethiopian monastery, and an emblematic situation of the Ethiopian monastic experience. At about ninety kilometers north-east of Axum – in a spectacular landscape, marked by deep canyons and framed by the flat profile of large ambe, the mountains with the summit…

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Debra Maryam, dug into the rock

Apart from the surroundings of Lalibela, two areas outside the cities have a particular concentration of churches and monasteries. One is that of Tigray, between the cities of Adigrat and Mekele, the other that of Lake Tana. The Tigray historic churches are basically rock churches, in whole or in large part excavated in the rock…

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Advocacy

Silencing the Guns in Africa.

On 27 February 2019, the Security Council welcomed the African Union’s “determination to rid Africa of conflicts and create conditions favorable for the growth, development…

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Baobab

How the Dogs Came.

A long time ago there were no domestic animals, all were wild, and all were the enemy of man. They feared him, and he feared them,…

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Youth & Mission

Pan-African Youth Leadership Development.

The Leadership Development and Mentorship program has an ambitious agenda for training tomorrow’s leaders across Africa. Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median…

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