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Abune Paulos: 1935-2012

Posted by Ethio Tribune on August 18, 2012

His Holiness Abune Paulos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Archbishop of Axum, Etchege of the See of St. Teklehaimanot and one of the seven serving presidents of the World Council of Churches and Ethiopia’s longest serving patriarch passed away at 5:00 a.m. Thursday.

The 76-year-old patriarch, who was diagnosed with diabetics and blood pressure, was undergoing medical treatment for some time and was finally admitted at Dejazmach Balcha Hospital, The Reporter learnt.

According to Abune Eikiel, the funeral ceremony is scheduled to take place mid next week at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

WCC general secretary, the Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit, expressed his deep sorrow over the patriarch’s death. He remembered Abune Paulos’s life and works, calling his contributions to the ecumenical movement “most significant”.

“His Holiness Abune Paulos’s role in promoting interfaith dialogue in Ethiopia, his home country, and beyond is a continuing legacy for the churches. Through his work he highlighted the concerns of women and youth, especially in regard to HIV andAIDS,” Reverend Tveit said.

Abune Paulos was born in Adwa in the Tigray Regional State. His baptismal name was Gebremedhin Gebreyohannes.

Later on, he entered the monastery as a young boy as a deacon trainee, eventually taking monastic orders and being ordained a priest. Then known as Abba Gebremedhin, he continued his education at the Theological School of the Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa under the patronage of Patriarch Abune Tewophilos. He was then sent to study at the St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in the United States, and afterwards received his bachelor’s degree in divinity from the prestigious Yale University.

In 1974, his education was interrupted by a summons from Patriarch Abune Tewophilos, and he returned to Addis Ababa shortly after the revolution that toppled Emperor Haile-Selassie. He was anointed bishop along with four others, assuming the name and style of Abune Paulos, and given responsibility for ecumenical affairs by the then patriarch.

Later on he received his master’s degree in theology and doctorate in philosophy from another prestigious institution, Princeton University. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the existence of God.

During his tenure of office, much urban property that had been taken from the church was returned, most notably the return of the campus and the library of Holy Trinity Theological College, and the college was reopened.
Abune Paulos was a scholar and peace advocate and a former exile in the United States who had worked on reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Patriarch Abune Paulos and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church were also involved in the support of war-displaced and drought-hit Ethiopians, making the Church one of the major relief organizations in the country.

His peace efforts and humanitarian work were the main reasons for his being chosen to receive the Nansen Medal by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Abune Paulos is also one of the rare exceptionally educated Patriarchs in Ethiopian history because he had completed various degree courses and received his doctoral degree at prestigious institutions. Abune Paulos was one of the seven current presidents of WCC as well. He had also served as a member of central committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Faith and Order commission.

Abune Paulos had also served as an honorary president of Religions for Peace, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition, advancing common action among the world’s religious communities for peace.

Abune Paulos was a Knight Grand Collar of The Order of the Eagle of Georgia and The Semeless Tunic of our Lord Jesus Christ.(source: The Reporter)

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