“Tegadalay” Aba Matias declares all out war on the Holy Synod in exile. (Horn Times)

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The Horn Times Newsletter 3 March 2013

*Is that the Christian version of Jihadawe Harekat?

(By Getahune Bekele, South Africa)

The merciless gaze of a frustrated Tigre high priest

abune matiasHe has reportedly been told by some Bishops and respected scholars that his election is not canonical and not inspired by the Holy Spirit but by demonic spirit of lust for power in the murky world of Tigre politics. Hence the country’s biggest churches and monasteries have so far failed to endorse his election while some shrines already told him to stay out for his own safety. Aba Matias is a frustrated man.   

However, In typical Tigre warlord style, the man who acquired the throne of Saint Markos as the 6th patriarch of EOTC  by hereditary Tigre descent just few days ago, has declared all out war on the Holy Synod in exile out of sheer desperation to legitimize his fake election and to please the genocidal TPLF hierarchy.

Spurred on by those who propelled him to power, such as the feared king maker and king killer, the Sadist Nibureed  Elias Abreha and Bishop-cum-warlord Abbay Tsehaye, Aba Matias is trying to flex his old and emaciated muscles against the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido church, in exile since May 1991.

In collaboration with fascist TPLF warlords, Aba Matias has already put together a committee comprised of Federal affairs minister Shiferaw Teklemariam and a well known Ohio based TPLF agent Dr Muse.    The committee would soon launch court action to prevent the Holy Synod in exile from calling itself “the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church.”

According to breaking news appeared exclusively on an Ethiopian news website known as zehabesha.com, Aba Matias has briefed   minister Shiferaw and  Abbay Tsehaye on Friday 1st March 2013 on how he intend to go about persecuting the Church in exile.

The report further revealed that the TPLF junta which is suffering total rejection among the Diaspora Ethiopians would help Aba Matias by giving him diplomatic support and by donating a substantial amount of money to be spent on legal proceedings including the hiring of lawyers.

The massive project is said to have been modeled on the cold war era success of the Durg regime in stopping splinter groups and secessionist Bishops from using the name of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the United States of America.

However, Zehabesha.com sources indicate that the huge offensive is bound to fail as the legal Holy Synod in exile remains much bigger and stronger, enjoying more support from the Diaspora and at home.

“It would be a waste of time and money” zehabesha sources said.

In additional news Aba Matias has been inaugurated as the 6th patriarch of the Addis Ababa Pro-TPLF synod today 3 March 2013 at St Trinity cathedral in Addis Ababa.

The small crowd attended the mass was outnumbered by  heavily armed federal police members and eye witnesses told the Horn Times that the turnout of few hundred caused huge embarrassment to the organizing committee and the frail looking Aba Matias himself was clearly upset and appeared irritated on the pulpit.


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  1. Of course he has to be protected by armed forces because they know what they did illigally picked their own cadre. One has to look at him and understand what they put on the Church. He want recognition and respect but he will not get it because he is not picked by the Holy Spirit. The one who is piceked rightfully resides with us. Ato Mathias you can bulge your eyes and bark in anyway you want but you will not be acknowledge by the True beleivers. Keep up strengthening the ETOC and will see change pretty soon. If God is with us who will be against us. God bless the true beleivers and remove the evil doers and cheaters. God hates liers and criminals particularly who abuse the monks and nuns; children, the elderly and not to forget (those who are involved with genocide will go to hell)

  2. Tigre people liberation front is repeating the same fascist policy that it did on the islamic poputation of Ethiopia. Choosing a relegious leader is a matter for the people of faith and should not be a political appointment.

    This guy ‘mathias’ is used by the ethno-fascist Tigre people liberation front as a political poodle to advance the policy of the fascist junta. There is nothing relegious about him. IF HE WAS SERIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE fate of the church he would not collaborate with TPLF to take power in the midst of such a controversy and by using a bogus and fraudulent election which is the game of TPLF. He is a willing cadre of TPLF and will never be able to get acceptance by the church.

    If he has any sense in his little brain, he should resign quickly and live out his remaining life in peace.

  3. ‹‹ውጭ አገር ካሉት ወንድሞቻችን ጋራ እርቀ ሰላም ማድረጉ አሁንም ይቀጥላል›› ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ማትያስ

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    ‹‹ከአሁን ቀደም እርቁ ተሞክሯል፡፡ ውጭ አገር ካሉት ወንድሞቻችን ጋራ እርቀ ሰላም ለማድረግ በተደጋጋሚ ተሞክሯል፡፡ አሁንም ቢሆን ቅዱስ ሲኖዶስ በወሰነው መሠረት ይቀጥላል፤›› ብለዋል፡፡

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    ‹‹ለአፍሪካና ለኢትዮጵያ መልካም እረኛ እንዲሰጥ ለመፀለይና ለመምረጥ ነው የመጣነው፤›› ያሉትን የግብፅ አምስት ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት ጨምሮ ድምፅ ከሰጡት 806 መራጮች 500 ድምፅ በማግኘት ሲመረጡ፣ ሌሎቹ አራቱ ዕጩዎች አቡነ ዮሴፍ፣ አቡነ ማቴዎስ፣ አቡነ ሕዝቅኤልና አቡነ ኤልሳዕ በቅደም ተከተል 98፣ 98፣ 70 እና 39 ድምፅ ማግኘታቸውን፣ አንድ የድምፅ መስጫ ወረቀት ባዶ በመሆኑ መጣሉን የአስመራጭ ኮሚቴው ሰብሳቢው ይፋ አድርገዋል፡፡

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    ከአማርኛና ከትግርኛ ቋንቋዎች በተጨማሪ እንግሊዝኛ፣ ዕብራይስጥ (ሂብሩ)፣ ግሪክና ዓረቢኛ ቋንቋዎች የሚያውቁት ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ማትያስ ፓትርያርክ ርእሰ ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት ዘኢትዮጵያ፣ ሊቀ ጳጳስ ዘአክሱም ወእጨጌ ዘመንበረ ተክለሃይማኖት በዓለ ሲመት እሑድ የካቲት 24 ቀን 2005 ዓ.ም. በመንበረ ጸባዖት ቅድስት ሥላሴ ካቴድራል ይፈጸማል፡፡

    • Serawit are a male or female. What are trying to say? Did you call us “Sera fet?” vurgarness or rudeness fit you like a glove. I tell you what those who do think for their beloved country and people make time to read and comment to find solutions. Remember this a free country where we are allowed to express our opinion openly, it is not lEthiopia where the people are totally oppressed and not allowed to use God given right to use. Your cadre friends managed to use their geschapo and Stanilistic rules and regulation.. Those who are in power including the clergies develop too much lust for it and aare addicted to it. Addicted to mass imprisonment, murder, genocide, looting, and including himan trafficking to depopulate the major ethnic groups and dismantling and destroying our history and tradition etc. Your see these individuals are bent on destruction which we united Ethioipians will not allow it. They will depart one by one like the last two climinals. If God is with us who will be against us. Their time is up two decades is too long they have to go so do you if you wish but we are here to stay and move forward. Long live the true Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the diaspora. strength and wisdom for the leaders.

      • Sema wore awureteh yetim atederes, yilik agereh gebteh lemat alema. Bewere ena be sedeb ezihu moteh eresah yilakal ke asmara bizum mechager atichilim aleza. Ehenen tesfa yekoretu sewochin wore tewew minim yemilewet yemimeta neger yelem.

  4. Why are not Tigre scholars writing about probably this most important of events in our nation? I am eager to see how they are going to spin a repeat of evidently illegal and immoral appointment of a patriarch.
    ps: Zehabesha, please publish my comments. I recently discovered you did not post my comments on Teddy Afro and Ethiopia-Eritrea Forum. Thanks.

    • hi
      as long as he selected by orthodox community what ever his ethincs he can be patriarch.
      do you have any suggestion who can be patriarch of ethiopia.do you know all pops of ethiopia? do not be emotional.
      we know you nefetegna people always claming

  5. Abeamupg normally you are not worth of any respond comcerning Ethiopia as you are only a petit denkoro woyanne and very backward to say the least.the late woyanne abuna was illigal as also the new woyanne appointed who are not even have enough knowlesge of orthodox chrch let alone abuna they are boih dedebit shiftas and good enough for sebhat negas and abay Tsehai residence if
    bigger for dedebit.

  6. I think peacefull divorce with tigre is more urgent than before: i think we have reached to the point that we cannot live as a citizen of one country: church; army; airline;’security aparatus; foreign affairs; finance; big business; cominication;federal police; airforce; are in one minority ethinic hand. the curse of the tigre is right there!!

  7. Abuna Merkorios (Aka the fanatic Derg high level blue uniform wearing cadre)served as Archbishop of Gondar until he became Patriarch of Ethiopia in 1988.
    Abune Merkorios’ tenure of Archbishop of Gondar included the period known as the “Red Terror” in Ethiopia, and which was carried out with particular brutality in the town and province of Gondar under the governorship of Melaku Teferra, a particularly notorious member of the Derg.

    Abuna Merkorios (Aka the fanatic Derg high level blue uniform wearing cadre) kept silent during the horrors of the “Red Terror” in Gondar & have close relationship with Governor Melaku.

    In a sign of the favor of the Derg regime, in 1987 Abune
    Merkorios (Aka the fanatic Derg high level blue uniform wearing cadre) was appointed as one of a very small and select group of clergy to serve as a member of the Shengo, the national parliament set up by the Derg when it proclaimed the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia that year. He remained a member of the parliament until his enthronement as Patriarch.

    Aka the fanatic Derg high level blue uniform wearing cadre.

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