Ethiopian Patriarch Paulos dies

By De Birhan and Agencies
16 August 2012

His Holiness Abuna Paulos, Fifth Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Ichege of the See of St. Tekle Haymanot, Archbishop of Axum and as of 2006, one of the seven serving Presidents of the World Council of Churches has reportedly died in Addis Abeba, multiple sources indicate. 

De Birhan has been able to confirm his death directly from the families of his late sister Tekash Wolde Yohannes. Sources at the Ethiopian Television have also confirmed that his death will be announced at noon or in Prime Time News today. 

His premises in 5Kilo has now been filled by priests and surrounded by police. He was admitted to Balcha Hospital, Addis Abeba on Tuesday. 

Patriarch Dr. Abune Paulos was born in Adwa in Tigray Province; his birth name was Gebre Medhin Wolde Yohannes. His family was long associated with the Abba Garima Monastery near the town, and he entered the monastery as a young boy as a deacon trainee, eventually taking monastic orders and being ordained a priest. Then known as Abba Gebre Medhin, he continued his education at theTheological College of the Holy Trinity in Addis Ababa under the patronage of Patriarch Abune Tewophilos. He was sent to study at theSt. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in the United States, and afterwards joined the doctoral program at the Princeton Theological Seminary

He was one of the highly educated Ethiopian Patrick and the most infamous in the Church’s history.


  1. nefs yimar.

    “highly educated”? De Birhan, please give the person his due and me a break! He was just a bad “semonegna.” For your information, the highly educated, in fact the “four-eyed” scholar Abuna MerhaKrestos used to refer to him as “denqoro.”

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