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« on: August 20, 2005, 11:46:40 AM »

The Patriarch of the Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Eritrea, H.H. Abune Antonios, has been fired (frozen) from his job
http://news9.asmarino.com/content/view/486/86/

 According to the letter dated 9/8/2005 (3/12/ 1997 EC - eritrean church calandar) that was smuggled out the office of the Patriarchy, Abune Antonios has been dismissed from his responsibility for undisclosed reasons. He is allowed to lead a spiritual life but prohibted from playing any administrative roles in the daily operation of the Church.  The letter stated that the congress of the Holy Synod that was held on 6-7 August, 2005 (11 Hamle 1997 EC Chuch Calendar)  decided that Abune Antonios should be 'frozen'. The act of 'freezing' is prevalent in government circles. Normaly, those who fall out of the government's favor are forced to leave unceremoniously and are made to face the humuliation that comes with the act.
 
Abune Antonios has dared to challenge the government from intrfering in the administration of the patriarchy via his elected official, Mr Yeftehe Dimetros. Officials in Orthodox Tewahedo Church knew this was coming as it was becoming clearer that Abune Antonios was challenging the government on spiritual grounds.
 
The letter was signed by Abune Petros, the General Seretary of the Holy Synod.
 
Abune Antonios was elected on 5 March 2004 and enthroned as the third Patriarch of Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Eritrea, on 25 April 2004. It is to be remembered Pope Shenouda III presided at the consecration and enthronement in Asmara, together with the Holy Synod of the Eritrean Orthodox Church and a Coptic Orthodox Delegation that accompanied him.
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2005, 02:09:38 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2005, 07:13:32 PM »

Lord Have Mercy!

I will also add that I am proud of H.H.  He is suffering persecution for standing up to a corrupt regime in the Name of Christ.  Many others have done so and have suffered similar persecution.  He is in good company.  I think our prayers need to be with him in his hour of suffering, that he would remain committed to the cause of Christ.

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2005, 07:30:23 AM »

Can anyone provide any more details on this national church and what's going on with the Eritrian government politically, is this someway "jihad" related?
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005, 04:09:46 PM »

if anyone can translate this letter:

http://news9.asmarino.com/Dispatches/email_8_20_2005.php

I would appreciate it...thank you  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2005, 07:11:56 PM »

Asmara - The government of Eritrea on Wednesday denied a report on
an opposition internet site that it had fired the patriarch of the
Orthodox Church.

The site, www.asmarino.com, said the government of the Horn of
Africa country had made an attack on religion "one of the
cornerstones of its repressive policies".

Information minister Ali Abdu rejected the website as "trash" and
said patriarch Abune Antonios was still at his post.

He rejected suggestions that the government had interfered in the
leadership and administration of the church, the largest Christian
body in Eritrea.

Abdu said: "Abune Antonios is still the patriarch of the Orthodox
Church of Eritrea."

Job descriptions, job divisions

He said: "Our state system is secular, that is separate from
religion. The synod elects the patriarch, it is a sovereign entity,
it chooses the job descriptions and job divisions."

The website had over the past week run several stories alleging that
the government had sacked Abune for protesting official interference
in the running of the church.

It said the patriarch "is allowed to lead a spiritual life, but
prohibited from playing any administrative roles in the daily
operation of the Church.

"Abune has dared to challenge the government from interfering in the
administration of the patriarchy".

Officials at Orthodox Church in Asmara last week said that Abune was
at home and declined to comment on whether he still worked there.

Eritrea's 3.5 million population was equally divided among Muslims
and Christians.

http://news9.asmarino.com/content/view/518/86/

 
 

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