Monday, December 31, 2018

Help the Martyrs' families - የሰማዕታቱን ቤተሰቦች እንርዳ

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በሀገራችን ከተከሰቱ የቅርብ ጊዜያት ቀውሶች ሁሉ በዘግናኝነቱ ተወዳዳሪ የሌለው ክስተትና የጅምላ ጭፍጨፋ ባለፈው 2010 ሐምሌ ወር መጨረሻ በሀገራችን በሱማሌ ክልል በሚኖሩ "መጤ" በተባሉ ዜጎች መድረሱ ይታወቃል፡፡ በደረሰው የጅምላ ግድያና ዘረፋ በተለይም በእናቶች እና ሕጻናት ላይ ደርሶ የነበረው የጅምላ ደፈራ፣ የካህናት በቤተ መቅደሳቸው ውስጥ መታረድ፣ በድንጋይ ተወግረው መገደልና በአገልግሎት ላይ እያሉ ማቃጠል፣ የአብያተ ክርስቲያናት መውደም እንዲሁም የብዙኃን ለዘመናት ከኖሩበት ቦታ መፈናቀልና መበተን ዘመን የማይሽረው ክስተት ሆኖ አልፏል፡፡  
ከዚያ ዘግናኝ ጭፍጨፋ የተረፉትም ቢሆን በከፍተኛ የአእምሮ መታወክ ውስጥ እና በሕክምና እርዳታ ጥላ ሥር እንዳሉም ይታወቃል፡፡ "መጤ" የተባሉ ነዋሪዎች በሙሉ የዚያ ጭፍጨፋ ሰለባ እንደነበሩና ንብረታቸውም በጅምላ የወደመና የተዘረፈ እንደሆነም ይታወቃል፡፡ 

Abune Tewophilos and Emperor Haile Selassie I: Their Invaluable Contributions to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

by Fikre Mariam Workneh

As a former celibate priest or monk, I had the privilege of serving both Abune Tewophilos and Emperor Haile Selassie I, and I would like to share my indelible memories about these two giant Ethiopians.
From left, Abune Tewophilos and Emperor Haile Selassie I.
Abune Tewophilos:
It has been nearly forty years since His Holiness Patriarch Tewophilos was murdered by the Ethiopian military/communist government in 1979. This barbaric act by the Ethiopian government against His Holiness was performed with the blessing of some members of the Orthodox Church clergy. Although many years have passed since His Holiness was strangled to death, for me it feels as though it happened just few days ago. I am still going through a profound sadness, an overwhelming sorrow and outrage about the fact that he was murdered in such an inhumane manner. No one had to die with such savagery. The Church, instead of preaching the gospel of love, mercy and forgiveness, became a collaborator to the military regime’s brutality. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was left with an immeasurable loss of a wise leader. Those who came after him did not measure up to his intellectual caliber or vision.