Tag: Africa

Ethnicity Tears the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church Apart<span class='secondary-title'>Prime Minister Ahmed forced to talk to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church </span>
Public Life, Religion and Conflict

Ethnicity Tears the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church ApartPrime Minister Ahmed forced to talk to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church

by Habtom Yohannes | ελληνικά | Русский What initially seemed an internal conflict between the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EtOTC) and an Oromo breakaway synod of 28 bishops, has developed into an open clash between the Ethiopian government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the EtOTC. The current struggle is actually…

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Russia’s “Scramble for Africa” and Its Church<span class='secondary-title'>The Geopolitical Perspective</span>
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

Russia’s “Scramble for Africa” and Its ChurchThe Geopolitical Perspective

by Cyril Hovorun | български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски On December 29, 2021, the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate decided to establish a Russian exarchate for the entire African continent. The exarchate is to consist of two dioceses: one for northern and one for southern Africa. The title…

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A Charismatic Coptic Priest: Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022)
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity

A Charismatic Coptic Priest: Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022)

by Febe Armanios On January 11, renowned Coptic Orthodox priest Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022) died in Cairo of complications from COVID-19. His death quickly followed that of his wife Mama Souna, who suffered from the same illness and passed away on January 7. Based in the old Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of St. Mark in Cairo’s…

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Domestic Violence, Faith, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church<span class='secondary-title'>16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence</span>
Gender and Sexuality

Domestic Violence, Faith, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

by Romina Istratii As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign takes off, it is an opportune time to revisit the role of faith and theology in addressing domestic violence. The relationship between faith/spirituality and domestic violence is not a simple one, but it is definitely one that should be understood with the…

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The Tigray Crisis and the Possibility of an Autocephalous Tigray Orthodox Tewahdo Church
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Conflict

The Tigray Crisis and the Possibility of an Autocephalous Tigray Orthodox Tewahdo Church

by Habtom Yohannes | български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски The ongoing war in Tigray, the cradle of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Christianity, might lead into yet another split of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EtOTC), this time into an Amhara-based Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church and a Tigray-based Orthodox Tewahdo Church,…

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The Crisis in Tigray: Orthodox Christians’ Hope and Demise
Religion and Conflict, Uncategorized

The Crisis in Tigray: Orthodox Christians’ Hope and Demise

by Alexandra Sellassie Antohin | български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски Since the eruption of hostilities in November 2020 between federal and regional forces in Tigray, Ethiopia’s northern state bordering Eritrea, two major dimensions of the crisis have been at odds with each other. There is the armed conflict and…

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Not a Cross to Bear<span class='secondary-title'>Domestic Violence, Coptic Christianity, and the Need for Accountable Theology</span>
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics

Not a Cross to BearDomestic Violence, Coptic Christianity, and the Need for Accountable Theology

by Mariz Tadros On the 18th of May, 2019 G., a Coptic female nurse living in Sydney, Australia was suffocated by a plastic bag and stabbed seven times as she was leaving the hospital after completing her night shift. The murderer was her husband. Insider information suggested that on the 16th of May, a high-ranking…

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An Ecumenism of Blood: Boko Haram and the Christian Martyrs of Nigeria
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Religion and Conflict

An Ecumenism of Blood: Boko Haram and the Christian Martyrs of Nigeria

by Ezekiel Olagoke Over the last thirty years, Nigeria has been plagued with numerous terrorist upheavals that have sometimes bordered on the apocalypse, of which Boko Haram is one. While key attention has been paid to the killing of Christians in the Middle east and other parts of the world, very few works have examined…

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The Predicament of Egypt’s Copts
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Religion and Conflict

The Predicament of Egypt’s Copts

The December 11th bombing of the St. Paul and St. Peter Church in Cairo, which abuts the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church, St. Mark’s Cathedral, resulted in 25 deaths and over 50 injuries. The attack on el-Boutrosiyya, as the church locally known, was later claimed by the Islamic State’s affiliate in mainland Egypt, signaling…

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