Ethiopians are paying tribute to the late 4th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church His Holiness Abune Merkorios at a national farewell event taking place at Meskel Square, Addis Ababa.
Religious leaders, senior government officials including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Speaker of the House of Peoples Representatives, Tagesse Chafo and Mayor of Addis Ababa Adanech Abiebie, members of the diplomatic community, religious leaders from various countries and gusts are attending the farewell ceremony.
Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Abune Matias, Cardinal of the Ethiopian Catholic Church, Abune Berhaneyesus Surafel, President of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, Grand Mufti Haji Omer Idris and Archbishops and Bishops of sister churches from various countries of the world are present at the farewell event.
Patriarchs and Archbishops of Orthodox Churches of India and Egypt along with religious fathers from African Christian Fellowship and the Vatican Church are present at the event to pay homage to the late Patriarch.
The funeral of the late Patriarch Abune Merkorios will take place at Holy Trinity Cathedral in the capital tomorrow (March 13, 2022).
The 4th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, His Holiness Abune Merkorios passed away at age of 84 while receiving treatment at a hospital on March 4, 2022.