Ethiopian New Year: Religious leaders urge Ethiopians to uphold culture of tolerance, unity

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Religious leaders urge Ethiopians to uphold culture of tolerance, unity in New Year

Addis Ababa, September 10, 2016 (FBC) – Religious leaders have conveyed their 2009 New Year best wishes to all Ethiopians.

They urged all faithful to preserve their age-long culture of tolerance and living in unison.

Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, said all citizens need to be a guard for peace because peace and unity are the foundations to attain those things that the country had missed in the past centuries.

President of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Council, Haji Mohamed Amin Jema, on his part said the Muslim communities are expected to discharge their responsibilities in the New Year so as to uphold Ethiopians’ values of tolerance and respect for each other.

Ethiopian Catholic Church Archbishop Cardinal Berhaneyesus Surafel, urged Ethiopians to seize the New Year as a good opportunity for development. He underlined the need to resolve conflicts occurred in the concluded year through dialogue.

President of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa, on his part called on Ethiopians to develop the culture of resolving differences through discussions.

Pastor Tsadiku Abdo, President of the Evangelical Churches Union of Ethiopia, told all faithful to fulfill their responsibilities to avoid the recurrence of the damages occurred last months in connection with the unrest in some parts of Oromia and Amhara regional states.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat

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