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14104Holy Synod ordered the removal of Patriarch statue

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  • John Brian
    Nov 1, 2010
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      Holy Synod ordered the removal of Patriarch statue

      October 28th, 2010

      The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church passed a decision
      to bring down the statue of the Patriarch in front of the Bole Medhanialem
      Church, few months after it was erected. The statue that was built to
      commemorate the Patriarch's 18th year of papacy had been a subject of
      controversy among the followers of the orthodox religion.

      The assembly in its ordinary annual meeting, which has been going on since
      late last week, has unanimously agreed that the statue contravenes the laws
      of the church and ordered the removal. The Holy Synod also passed a decision
      to remove billboards portraying the image of the Patriarch inside the
      premises of churches on the basis of the bylaws of the church. Responding to
      inquiries from the Holy Synod the Patriarch denied having knowledge of the
      inauguration of the statue in question and argued that there is no
      wrongdoing on his part, these sources told The Reporter.

      Furthermore, the Holy Synod has also passed a decision to ban Ejigayehu
      Beyene, who allegedly is responsible for causing friction between the
      members of the Holy Synod, from entering the premises of Patriarch's
      resident. --Reporter