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New patriarch for Ethiopia: The Church of England Newspaper, March 31 2013, p 7. April 4, 2013

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His Holiness, Abune Mathias, Sixth Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Ichege of the See of St. Tekle Haymanot and Archbishop of Axum

The general Synod of the Ethiopian Tewahdo Orthodox Church has elected a new patriarch. On 28 February 2013 the Synod elected Abune Matthias as its sixth leader since the church received its autonomy from the Coptic Patriarch in Alexandria..

Abune Matthias, 71, served as the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem at the time of his election. In 1980 Matthias denounced the Communist regime of President Mengistu Haile Mariam and went into exile in Washington, D.C.  Following the collapse of the communist government he returned Ethiopia in 1992 was appointed Archbishop of North America.  In 2009, he was appointed Archbishop of Jerusalem for the Ethiopian church.

The new patriarch received 500 of the 806 ballots cast by members of the General Synod and was enthroned as His Holiness, Abune Mathias, Sixth Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Ichege of the See of St. Tekle Haymanot and Archbishop of Axum at a ceremony held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Abba on 3 March 2013.

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