ETHIOPIA: Cardinal Calls for Peaceful Dialogue to Resolve

ADDIS ABABA AUGUST 19, 2016(CISA)-The Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia have called for peaceful dialogue among all parties on the conflicts that have caused loss of lives and properties in the country.

“We ask all people to cooperate in building a society free of all hatred that we can pass on to the next generation,” the bishops said in a press statement read by his Eminence Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, C.M., Metropolitan Archbishop of Ethiopia and President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE).

The cardinal who is also the chairman of Association of Member Episcopal Conference of in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) noted that Ethiopia is a country with a long history of peaceful and respectful co-existence among the many nations and nationalities as well as different religions.

“It is important to maintain this positive asset in our culture and encourage dialogue to search for peaceful answers,” he said adding that “Ethiopia is on a well-established track toward development, we must continue to work hard hand-in-hand to stay on this road of changing our history of poverty and maintain a steady economic growth.”

Cardinal Berhaneyesus also expressed the sorrow the Catholic Church has felt over the lost lives and the injuries that occurred due to the chaos.

“We pray for the souls of our children who have lost their lives so that they may rest in peace, we also pray for the consolation of the bereaved families,” he added.

“We ask in the name of God all Ethiopians living in the country and abroad, Ethiopians involved in different fields of expertise and government officials to make the pillars of a society which are Truth, Freedom, Justice and Love your working principles and maintain our peace, cooperation, conflict resolution through dialogue,” stressed Cardinal Berhaneyesus.

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