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Bishop Remembers Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch

Bishop Geoffrey has written to a colleague in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to extend his sympathies and offer personal recollections of their Patriarch after his sudden death.

He writes: “Your Grace, It was with great sadness that I learnt of the sudden heath of His Holiness Abune Paulos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. As Anglican Co-Chair of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Commission I send you and the Ethiopian faithful in this country, as well as the church in Ethiopia, my condolences and the assurance of my prayers. Abune Paulos’s death will indeed be a loss to all the faithful.

“I had the privilege of meeting Abune Paulos on a number of occasions, most notably when I accompanied Archbishop George Carey on his visit to Ethiopia for the Feast of Timkat, and I have vivid memories of the great celebrations in Addis Abbaba on that occasion. It was an honour to be part of the blessing of the waters, and to share in the welcome and hospitality offered by Abune Paulos to the Archbishop of Canterbury on that occasion. Our churches have been close for many years,  and it is a sadness to me that the official dialogue between us has sadly been suspended since the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson in The Episcopal Church of America. I hope that this dialogue may soon be resumed.

“I last saw Abune Paulos when I attended on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the funeral of His Holiness, Pope Shenouda, earlier this year, and it is a sadness now to have to write on the occasion of his own passing. May God receive him into the habitations of His Glory.