A call from the Ethiopian Catholic Church regarding the current situation: NO MORE WAR!
To all parties concerned
The Ethiopian Catholic Church, by itself and jointly with other religious institutes, has frequently called on all parties to seek peace regarding the war in northern Ethiopia. We are deeply saddened to see that war has resumed in the region. Many lives have been lost and assets destroyed in the war so far. Due to the scars left by the war, children, women and the elderly in particular have been subjected to crises.
While we all look forward to peace talks and wait to make our respective contributions, while our innocent people suffer from hunger, disease and psychological disorders, are driven from their homes, and our nation whole struggles under the pressure of the cost of living, it is absolutely unacceptable for any of the parties to go to war again. It is an obvious fact that war leads to the destruction of national wealth and economic depression.
The Church is deeply concerned and longs for the agony of people living in Tigray, Amhara, Afar and other parts of the country to be stopped. And ensures to contribute by itself or in collaboration with other religious Institutes to the processes of dialogue that lead to peace.
Therefore, 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.
Accepting the call to prayer from the Interreligious Council of Ethiopia, we urge all Catholics and indeed all Ethiopian people to unite in prayer for five days during the coming month of Pagumen for peace. and stability in our beloved country, Ethiopia.
The Catholic Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia
August 18, 2014
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