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Holy reunion

Holy reunion

It is not surprising if it were for politicians that have left the country following a regime change in the country in the late 1980s when the Derg was toppled by the allied forces of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). But, the case was for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Fourth Patriarch who left the country to settle in the US and maintain a Synod in exile while there is another Synod based in Addis Ababa. Although multiple efforts have been put in place to reunite the two Holy Synods, it was only recently that the effort bore fruit in bringing the two split Synods into one with two Patriarchs sitting on the Holy See of Saint Mark - Abune Mathias and Abune Merkorios. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD) role in bringing the two Synods was highlighted by the Church. It was a real fanfare at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and Holy Trinity Cathedral in celebration of the arrival of His Holiness Abuna Merkoris to the “Holy Land Ethiopia.”