Ethiopia’s Catholic bishops ‘deeply saddened’ by renewed fighting in Tigray

“Ethiopian forces along with Amhara special forces and Amhara militias launched a large-scale attack around 5 a.m.,” Tigray Television was quoted as reporting on August 31.

In their September 2 statement, the Catholic Bishops of Ethiopia regret that the warring parties are returning to war amid myriad challenges, saying the resumption of war “is absolutely unacceptable.”

“As we all hope for peace talks and wait to make our respective contributions, as our innocent people suffer from hunger, disease and psychological damage, displaced from their homes, and our entire nation debate under the pressure of the cost of living, it is absolutely unacceptable for either side to go to war again,” say CBCE members.

They add: “It is an obvious fact that war leads to the destruction of national wealth and to economic depression.”

Catholic Church leaders say they yearn for an end to the suffering of God’s people in Tigray, Amhara and other parts of the Horn of Africa nation, and call on the warring parties to lay down their arms.

“We again call on all parties to surrender their weapons and return to options for peace, to prioritize dialogue and an option that will end the suffering of our citizens,” they say in their shared Sept. 2 statement. with ACI Africa.

CBCE members added a reference to the Ethiopian calendar“We urge all Catholics and indeed all people to unite in prayer for five days in the coming month of Pagume for peace and stability in our beloved country, Ethiopia. .”

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with great zeal and interest in communication related to the Catholic Church. He holds a BA in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has extensive experience in the media production industry. He is currently working as a journalist for ACI Africa.

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