Thursday, July 15, 2010

In Memoriam: Bishop Abune Melkes'edeq of Hadiya

I just found out that Bishop Abune Melkes'edeq of Hadiya (pictured here during a visit to Walsingham) has fallen asleep. It was in Abune Melkes'edeq's diocese that miraculous images of the Lord and the Mother of God appeared in May 2009 on what was said to be the site of a medieval Ethiopian Orthodox church in Hadiya. (Orthodoxy expanded into Hadiya prior to the rise of Islam and the invasion of the Oromo, died out after those two events, and then returned during the renewed imperial expansion of Ethiopia during the 1800s.) God grant Abune Melkes'edeq's memory to be eternal! A memorial page has been set up here.

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