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Pope Christmas message urges softening of 'self-centred hearts'

Softening Self-centered Hearts The Pope has prayed for a softening of "stony and self-centred hearts" to help end injustice in the world, in his Christmas Day message. From the Vatican balcony, Pope Francis spoke of "walls of indifference" being put up to people fleeing hardship in the hope of finding a better life. The Pope prayed for those hit by conflict, natural disasters and disease, listing several countries. He singled out parts of Africa where Christians had been killed. Speaking under a clear blue sky to thousands crowded into St Peter's Square, the Pope urged "comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith, especially missionaries and members of the faithful who have been kidnapped, and to the victims of attacks by extremist groups, particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria". An attack on Christmas Eve in Burkina Faso left 35 people dead , most of them women. Hundreds of people have been killed in the c

Always Something New

Always Something New   2,700-Year-Old Town From One of Ancient World's Major Powers Revealed by Archaeologists By Aristos Georgiou | 12/11/19 at 12:24 PM EST Researchers have revealed an ancient town in Ethiopia belonging to one of the ancient world's major powers. The settlement, known as Beta Samati, once formed part of the Aksumite Empire—one of Africa's most influential ancient civilizations, which ruled over what is now Eritrea and northern Ethiopia between 80 B.C. and 825 A.D. The empire is notable in the region for its conversion Christianity, which occurred during the fourth century. A team led by Michael Harrower from Johns Hopkins University has now described scientifically for the first time in a study published in the journal Antiquity , which estimates—according to radiocarbon dating—that it was first occupied by the pre-Aksumites around 750 B.C. and persisted for nearly a thousand years before finally being abandoned in 650 A.D. Little is known

Faith for Dear Life

Art in Ethiopia

  Art in Ethiopia Middle part of triptych Total Liberation of Africa by Afewerk Tekle,  Africa Hall (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Afewerk Tekle's ( Alpha ) residence and studio, Addis Ababa

Book of Enoch, Book of Jubilees

Book of Enoch, Book of Jubilees

Agitu And Her Happy Goats

Agitu And Her Happy Goats

Bold British Way

Bold British Way   British Museum considers loan of ‘invisible’ objects back to Ethiopia | Source: The Art Newspaper Country has requested return of 11 tabots held in sealed storeroom that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church believes should  only be viewed by its priests      The British Museum is to consider returning a group of “invisible” objects to Ethiopia. These are tabots (Christian plaques), which symbolically represent the Ark of the Covenant—the wooden chest that is said to have held the Ten Commandments. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church believes that tabots should never be viewed by anyone other than its priests.      There are 11 tabots in the British Museum. Although the storage arrangements are confidential, they are believed to be kept in a sealed storeroom in the basement of the Bloomsbury complex. Even Lissant Bolton, the museum’s keeper of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, has never set foot in the room, let alone seen the tabots. The Art Newspaper unders

The Curtain of Jesus’ Body

 The Curtain of Jesus’ Body  By Mitiku Adisu credit: I grew up viewing beauty in Ethiopic and Byzantine architecture and icons; in sweet-smelling incense; lit yellow beeswax candles; bright multi-colored priestly robes; and in chants and a dedicated community sharing after-service meals.  As you stand facing a curtained area where only assigned priests are allowed, you sense a certain distantness, even holy terror. You are warned not to take a peek or ask too many questions. That is a hard sell when you are a teen-ager! Regardless, the running prayers, psalms, and prostrations are too engaging for such thoughts.  So did God reside behind those curtains? Why do I walk around with an anxious heart? Am I on my own upon exiting the sanctuary? How do I relate to an unapproachable God? How many angelic intercessions and gifts did it take to ease my fear of life?  Now see Jesus on the cross, crying out in a loud voice. Do you not hear the gospel? At that momen