In his Easter message to all the Catholic faithful and people of good will in Ethiopia, Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel, C.M., the Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) has said that Easter is a time for Christians to reflect on the light that the Lord has granted to the world. He has also encouraged the faithful to refrain from the path of sin and instead follow Christ with faith and a life witness.
“As King David tells us ‘I keep God before me always, for with him at my right hand, nothing can shake me’ (Ps 16:8).The Eternal God who is our protector will lead our path and we, His children, must give Him our hearts and our will completely,” the Cardinal said.
The Cardinal also stressed that Easter is a time to exercise a spirit of charity towards others.
“As the Apostle James tells us in his book (Jas 2:15-17) we must look around at our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than us and see what their needs are. Let us offer them love, spiritual and material support and help them carry their burden so that they can also celebrate Easter joyfully. Only that way can we witness what our Lord has taught us on the Cross,” said Cardinal Berhaneyesus.
This Easter, Cardinal Berhaneyesus also has in mind the drought situation in Ethiopia which has caused widespread crop failures and has had a significant impact on water resources. The Cardinal stressed that Ethiopians support the government in the efforts to respond to the needs of drought-affected people.
The Cardinal said the faithful should pray, this Easter, for rain to bring relief to the drought in the country as well as for the many whose lives are threatened by the lack of water.
(Makeda Yohannes, Ethiopian Caholic Secretariat in Addis Ababa)