Papal condolences following death of Ethiopian leader
CWN - August 23, 2012
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, has conveyed Pope Benedict’s condolences following the death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minister since 1995.
“His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI sends heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency, to the family of Mr. Zenawi and to all the people of Ethiopia,” Cardinal Bertone said in a telegram to Ethiopia’s president. “Recalling his many years of leadership, the Holy Father offers the assurance of prayers for his eternal rest.”
The nation of 90.9 million is 44% Ethiopian Orthodox, 34% Muslim, 14% Protestant, and 1% Catholic. Zenawi was a member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, whose patriarch also recently died.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($26,810 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!