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Posts incorrectly declare that Ethiopian federal government seized archbishop’s passport for SA journey

Screenshot of the false post, taken on May 16, 2024
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Screenshot of the incorrect post, handled Might 16, 2024

The post consists of an image of Abune Abraham who heads the church’s patriarch workplace. In the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the greatest authority is the patriarch – presently Abune Mathias who became part of the delegation that took a trip to South Africa on Might 10, 2024.

The claim about Abraham was likewise shared here and here.

Synod and federal government relations 

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church dealt with a rift in January 2023 when 3 bishops from Oromia, the biggest area in the nation, developed a different synod (archived here).

The following month, the main synod revealed the crisis had actually been fixed (archived here).

It likewise implicated the federal government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of meddling in its affairs throughout the crisis.

Relations intensified in December 2023 when Australian-based Archbishop Abune Lukas prompted the army to oust Abiy (archived here).

In January 2024, the federal government submitted a claim (archived here) versus him for apparently devoting criminal activities versus constitutional order.

South Africa go to

A group led by Abune Mathias took a trip (archived here) to South Africa on Might 10, 2024, to go to the 25th anniversary of Tserha Tsion Holy Hero Orthodox church in Johannesburg and to bless other parishes.

The church’s public relations department shared reports and pictures on social networks revealing the delegation at different occasions in Johannesburg (archived here).

Nevertheless, the claim that Abune Abraham was avoided from taking a trip to South Africa is unproven.

“Not real”

The church described that Abune Abraham had actually initially prepared to take a trip to South Africa with Mathias, in a declaration launched on the exact same day the claim was released (archived here).

“Nevertheless, provided the overlapping and immediate responsibilities he has as head of the patriarch workplace, he has actually cancelled his journey to South Africa as a 10-day lack from his workplace would develop a space in everyday activities,” the declaration stated.

The church even more dismissed claims about Abraham being prohibited from leaving the nation.

“The news distributed on social networks that His Holiness Abune Abraham was avoided from going to the airport and his passport was taken is entirely unwarranted and phony news.”

Ethiopian federal government representative Legesse Tulu likewise rejected that Abraham’s passport had actually been taken and declined to permit him to leave Ethiopia for South Africa.

“This is entirely incorrect,” he informed AFP Truth Examine.

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