Welcome Pope Francis in AMECEA Region: message of H.Em. Cardinal Berhaneyesus, C.M., Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, President of CBCE and AMECEA Chairman

የብፁዕ ካርዲናል ብርሃነየሱስ የእንኳን ደህና መጡ ንግግር

ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ ርዕሰ ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት ፍራንቼስኮስ እንኳን በሰላም ወደ አህጉራችን አፍሪካ በሰላም መጡልን::

ጌታችን መድሐኒታችን እየሱስ ክርስቶስ ንጉስ ሄሮዶስ ሲያሳድደዉ በስደት ከመጣባት አህጉር ሁለተኛ ቤቱ አፍሪካ በመምጣቶ እጅግ ደስ ብሎናል፡፡ ቅድስት ቤተሰብ በስደት ጊዜ ወደ ትውልድ ሃገራቸው ናዝሬት እስከሚመለሱ ድረስ በግብፅ ተቀምጠዉ ነበር፡፡

 

የአፍሪካ ጉብኝቶንም የምሥራቅ አፍሪካ የካቶሊክ ጳጳሳት ጉባኤዎች ህብርት ዋና ጽ/ቤት መቀመጫ በሆነችዉ ኬንያ በመጀመሮ ደስ ብሎናል፡፡ 11 የህብረቱ አባል ሃገራትና ተባባሪ አባላት የሆኑት ጂቡቲና ሶማሊያ ለእርሶና ለሐዋሪያዊ ጉንኝቶ ስንፀልይ ቆይተናል፡፡

ቅዱስ አባታችን አፍሪካዊያን ባጠቃላይ ሕይወትን እንወዳለን፡፡ ለሕይወት የቆምን ነን፡፡ ቤተሰባዊ ሕይወትን እንወዳለን፣ በተለይም በቤተሰብ ያለን ትስስርን፡፡ ለአዛዉንቶችና ለእንግዶችም ታላቅ ክብር አለን፡፡ እንዲሁም ለእንስሳትና ለአራዊት ባጠቃለይ ለተፈጥሮ ታላቅ ክብርና እንልብካቤ አለን፡፡

በምሥራቅ አፍሪካ ቀጠናም እነዚህን መልካም እሴቶቻችንን መንከባከብና ማስተላለፍ እንዲሁም ጎጂ ልማዶችንም ማስወገድ እንፈልጋለን፡፡ ልጆች የእግዚአብሔር ስጦታዎች ናቸዉ ስለዚህ ለፈቀሩ ይገባል በተለይም ሕጻናትን በወታደራዊ ሥራዎች እንዳይሰማሩና በህገ ወጥ የሰዎች አዘዋዋሪዎች እጅ ወድቀዉ በአጓጉል ስራዎች እንዳይሰማሩ መጠበቅ አለብን፡፡

ቅዱስ አባታችን፣ ወደ ምስራቅ አፍሪካ እንኳን በደህና መጡ!

 

በክርስቶስ አክባሪዎት

† ካርዲናል ብረሃነየሱስ

የአዲስ አበባ ሀገረ ስብከት ሊቀ ጳጳስ

የምሥራቅ አፍሪካ የካቶሊካዊት ቤተክርስቲያን የጳጳሳት ጉባኤዎች ህብረት ፕሬዚዳንት

 

Welcome Pope Francis in AMECEA Region: message of H.Em. Cardinal Berhaneyesus, C.M., Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, President of CBCE and AMECEA Chairman

“Your Holiness Pope Francis; We are very happy that you have come to visit Africa, Welcome to Africa, the “second home” of our Lord Jesus Christ who came as a refugee to this continent when King Herod wanted to kill him. The Holy Family lived in Egypt for some years before they could return back home to Nazareth in the Holy Land.

 

We are especially honoured that your visit to Africa starts with Kenya where we have the Secretariat of AMECEA (Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa) comprising of eleven countries in the Horn of Africa, Eastern Africa, and the affiliated countries of Djibouti and Somalia. All these countries have been praying for you and for your pastoral visit among us.

 

Holy Father, in general, Africans love life. They stand for life. They love family life, especially the extended family. They have great respect for elders and guests. They have also great respect and care for animals, wild life, and the environment.

 

In AMECEA Region, we want to cherish and transmit these positive values and shun some negative traditions. Children are gifts of God and they need to be loved and be protected from many abuses, like being employed as child-soldiers, or mistreated as undocumented migrants, or being trafficked for prostitution or illegal employments.

 

Holy Father, Welcome to AMECEA.

 

Devotedly yours in Christ,

 

+ Berhaneyesus D. Cardinal Souraphiel CM

Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Abeba

 

President of CBCE & Chairman of AMECEA”

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