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The spirit of a pure Christianity: Exploring Ethiopia’s stunning subterranean churches

When he ventured into the mysterious subterranean churches of Ethiopia, Evgeny Lebedev not only visited one of the world’s architectural marvels, he experienced a humble Orthodox Christianity which shames Russia’s own. I wake up and don’t have a clue where I am. There is barely any light, hardly enough to pierce the curtains. But it’s […]

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Christians in Holy Land re-enact crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday

JERUSALEM –  Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem’s Old City. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City on Friday along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the “Way of Suffering.” They are carrying wooden crosses and following […]

First Israeli-born qes to visit Rhode Island

First Israeli-born qes to visit Rhode Island

Ethiopian Jewish religious leader excited to learn and teach. Twenty-seven-year-old Qes Efraim Zion-Lawi, the first Israeli-born qes (traditional Ethiopian Jewish religious leader), will visit the Jewish community of R.I. during the last week of March. Before heading to R.I., Qes Efraim will attend the Ethiopian Jewish Experience Shabbaton, taking place at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut from March […]

Ethiopia: In Quest of Divine Promise

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Ethiopia: In Quest of Divine Promise

By Henok Reta OPINION In a dark, sooty room lit with a blaze emanating from a handful of traditional ovens, men stir dough and bake in absolute silence. While some keep the fire burning by inserting chopped woods into the oven, others pile the dough on to the clay oven. Undeterred by the harsh working […]

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Keepers of the Lost Ark?

Christians in Ethiopia have long claimed to have the ark of the covenant. Our reporter investigated “They shall make an ark of acacia wood,” God commanded Moses in the Book of Exodus, after delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. And so the Israelites built an ark, or chest, gilding it inside and out. And […]

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha Holiday

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Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha Holiday

Addis Ababa – Muslims celebrated the 1434th Eid al-Adha Holiday on Tuesday throughout Ethiopia. The Day is celebrated to honor the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his young first-born son as an act of submission to Allah’s command. The Holiday is celebrated with Eid prayers particularly in Addis Ababa Stadium. The Federal Sharia […]

Ethiopia Celebrates Meskel, A Christian Holiday All Its Own, With Yellow Flowers And Blazing Bonfires

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Ethiopia Celebrates Meskel, A Christian Holiday All Its Own, With Yellow Flowers And Blazing Bonfires

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -A massive bonfire blazed in the central square of Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, on Thursday night. But by Friday morning, the mess had been swept away, leaving nothing but a giant spot of soot on the asphalt. Thousands of people had flocked to the arena, called Meskel Square, to watch the […]

Demera celebrated colorfully throughout Ethiopia

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Demera celebrated colorfully throughout Ethiopia

Addis Ababa (ENA) – Demera, the eve of the Finding of the True Cross (Meskel) upon which Jesus Christ was crucified, was celebrated on Thursday colorfully throughout the country. Here in the capital, the day was celebrated in the presence of tens of thousands of residents of the Addis Ababa City, members of the diplomatic community […]

Garry Jost Digitizes Ethiopian Manuscripts

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Garry Jost Digitizes Ethiopian Manuscripts

Dr. Garry Jost, religious studies faculty, joined colleagues from Portland and Texas to digitize Ethiopian manuscripts of the Old Testament while attending the EMML @ 40: The Life and Legacy of the Ethiopian Manuscript Microfilm Library conference at St. John’s University in Minnesota in July 2013. EMML is a project of Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, which […]

Ethiopian monastery in Jerusalem’s Old City

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Ethiopian monastery in Jerusalem’s Old City

The Ethiopians have no property in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, only access rights; but they do have a little monastery nearby, known as Deir es-Sultan, that is worth a visit. Jerusalem speaks with many voices, and in a babble of tongues. Nowhere is this more in evidence than the Church of the Holy […]