Ethiopian Orthodox Church to Address Declining Number of Faithful

OCP News Service- 21/10/15
Report by Mentu Desta Asrat

Addis Ababa-Ethiopian: His Holiness Abune Mathias – Patriarch of Ethiopia said the church cannot keep loosing her faithful. The Patriarch expressed his concern during the 34th annual general meeting of “Sebeka – Gubae” (council of church members and department representatives ) on 18th October 2015.

Reports of different dioceses, Synodal departments, Church organisations were presented.

The annual session of holy synod will be held from 21st of October 2015 and it is believed that the major objective will be to develop various strategies to counter the declining number of Orthodox population in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Orthodox has lost a considerable number of faithful to Evangelical and Pentecostal movements in the country.

Ethiopian Orthodox Church is one of the ancient Christian communities with more then 65 million faithful worldwide which stand next to the Russian Orthodox Church which the worlds largest Orthodox Church.

Source:
OCP News Service