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Ethiopia’s bishops meet with Pontiff

July 01, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis received the bishops of Ethiopia on June 28. The prelates were in Rome for their ad limina visit—their first such visit since 2014.

The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa described the audience as “an extended meeting with the Pope to discuss fundamental Church matters.” Later, Vatican News reported that “the bishops focused in particular on the situation of young Ethiopians who make up 70% of the population and are increasingly tempted to migrate abroad, including to Europe, due to war and lack of perspectives in their country.”

The meeting took place five months after Africa’s bishops rejected Fiducia Supplicans, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s declaration on the pastoral meaning of blessings.

Ethiopia, a nation of 116 million (map), the 12th most populous in the world, is 60% Christian (41% Orthodox, 16% Protestant), 34% Muslim, and 5% ethnic religionist.

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