World Council of Churches mourns the killing of Ethiopian Christians by IS

wcc_geneva_syriameetingGENEVA, 21 April 2015 / PRN Africa / — In a solidarity letter to Abune Mathias, patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, a member church of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC general secretary expressed deep shock over the recent killing of more than 20 Ethiopian Christians in Libya by the Islamic State (IS).

“I speak on behalf of the ecumenical family when I say that we are shocked and appalled by the heinous and inhuman violence inflicted on these innocent faithful Ethiopians and that we strongly denounce and condemn any ideology that condones and celebrates murder and torture,” said Tveit in the letter issued on 21 April.

“It is in such troubled and challenging times,” he continued, “that the gospel imperative of solidarity and ecumenical togetherness with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is more relevant than ever.”
“We stand in solidarity with your church during this painful period when you are mourning your faithful children,” said Tveit.

The WCC general secretary offered prayers for the victims. He said, “We also pray for healing and strength of their families and loved ones. We also pray for all migrants who take great risks in the hope for a better and more dignified life. May the Almighty protect them in their perilous journey.”

SOURCE World Council of Churches (WCC)

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3 Responses to World Council of Churches mourns the killing of Ethiopian Christians by IS

  1. Namaga

    April 21, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    If they came out together for media during the killing of 8 Coptic Christians, Egypt would have considered it church medlling in Egypt’s secular politics. But, Ethiopia is flattered that the world is with them in oppressing and constantly suppressing majority Muslims.

  2. eyob

    April 22, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Very much satisfied with the denounciation and condemnation by The WCC. Very pleased with The WCC’s statement especially because it does not differentiate between different ideologically motivated evil acts. Therefore in line with the letter, the denounciation and condemnation could also apply to the Ethno-fundamentalists who condone murder and torture of innocent Ethiopians.

  3. Namaga

    April 24, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Some of these priests are child molesters. Some bring prostitutes to their churches. Some embezzle congregations’ money. Some are homosexuals. Some bisexuals. Only few straights. there is no public institution as corrupted as the church is nowdays. They do no hold moral high ground to denounce a perceived wrong wrong.

    Moreover, their views and voices are not independent feelings of individually reached conclusions from their conscience. Voices made to appease their dollar donor so that it gives more. They denounced ISIS not for Ethiopia but to please USA and keep the money coming. The spoiler is the US Faith Fund, billions of dollars dolled to world Christian, Judaic, Islamic, Bhudist organizations are the world in the name of feeding and clothing the poor and healing the sick. In Ethiopia, US only recognizes the EOC. Islamic and , Catholic and Protestant organizations, looking for free money, asked EOC to keep them in its umbrella. All these little brothers will echo voices EOC says so that they keeping receiving free money from US Faith Fund from which the EOC receives cheque diretly.