By; Francis Jjunju
His Holiness Pope Francis has called upon the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Bishops to be inspired to proclaim the Gospel with renewed vigor and conviction if they are to be authentic apostles of Christ.
In a statement through the Secretary of States at the Vatican Cardinal Pietro Pa-rolin, to the Apostolic Nuncio of Ethiopia Archbishop Luigi Bianco to the Bishops attending the 19th AMECEA plenary in Addis Ababa said, renewed vigor and conviction in the proclamation of the gospel will ‘foster solidarity, fraternity, and the desire for goodness, truth and justice” throughout the region.
The Conference that started on July 13th to 23rd is under the theme; vibrant diversity equal dignity peaceful unity in God in AMECEA region.
The MECEA Chairman H.E. Berhaneyesus D. Souraphiel, C.M., has commended the new steps for peace and dialogue taken by the Ethiopian and Eritrean Governments challenging all stakeholders to ensure that justice and peace are restored for all peoples.
Cardinal Berhaneyesus revealed that Ethiopia and Eritrea had been unable to resolve their conflict for the past 20 years because they neglected the wisdom of agreement, reconciliation and forgiveness and resorted to pursuing the modern political means that considers only the give-and-take philosophy, that cost the countries lives and property like it’s in South Sudan and Somalia yet it cannot be a solution to peace.
He assured the two nations of the Church’s total support to peace and unity and assistance to the most affected; the children, women and youth.
Eritrea re-opened its embassy in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday for the first time since 1998 as part of the ongoing rapprochement between the two countries as the Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki, took three day official visit.