Archbishop Abune Gabriel dies at the age of 80 in Addis Abeba

Abune Gebriel _ Orthodox Archbishop
Archbishop Abune Gabriel (Photo: Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Tewahdo via Hara Ze Tewahdo)


December 5, 2020

According to Ethiopian Orthodox Church sources, Archbishop Abune Gabriel died on Saturday in his residence with the Patriarchate in Addis Ababa.

He served as Archbishop of Sidama, Gedeo and the Diocese of Burji in his last role. He has not been employed since October of this year due to an unspecified illness.

Before serving in the aforementioned diocese, he served in several dioceses including Eritrea (before seceding from Ethiopia), Jerusalem, and North America. He was ordained Archbishop in 1979 during the Third Patriarch, Abune Teklehaymanot.

He studied theology in Russia and the USA and has a Ph.D. degree in christology.

He will be buried on Sunday from 10:00 am in the Menbere Tsebaot Kidist Selassie (Trinity Cathedral) in Addis Ababa.

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