OCP News Service – 13/6/17
Global: May 2017 marked the tenth year of illegal detention of the Canonical Patriarch Abune Antonios of Eritrea. His Holiness Abune Antonios is the 3rd Patriarch of the ancient Eritrean Orthodox Church.
The OCP Secretariat news briefing stated that “Anything can happen to the Patriarch in a country like Eritrea. Christian communities and worshipers are severely persecuted. Many believers are detained in prisons and detention centers. An urgent global intervention is required to save religious communities in Eritrea”.
Briefing of the Detention
A secret session of the Holy Synod in January 2006 at Asmara formally removed Patriarch from his office and on 20th January. Two priests accompanied by Government security forces invaded Patriarch’s residence and confiscated his personal pontifical insignia.
Violating the church canons and constitution, the government installed Bishop Dioscoros of Mendefera as the anti-patriarch on 27th May 2007 (Dioscoros passed away in 2016). Abune Antonios on the same day was forced to move out of his office and has been detained at an undisclosed location somewhere in the capital city of Asmara.
OCP News Service