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Abune Tewophilos and Emperor Haile Selassie I: Their Invaluable Contributions to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church



By: Fikre Mariam Workneh As a former celibate priest or monk, I had the privilege of serving each Abune Tewophilos and Emperor Haile Selassie I, and I wish to share my indelible reminiscences about these two large Ethiopians. Abune Tewophilos: It has been practically forty years since His Holiness Patriarch Tewophilos was murdered by the Ethiopian navy/communist authorities in 1979. This barbaric act by the Ethiopian authorities towards His Holiness was carried out with the blessing of some members of the Orthodox Church clergy. Though a few years have handed since His Holiness was strangled to loss of life, for me it feels

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