The Holy Synod General Secretary and Keffa Sheka Benchi and Maji Dioceses Archbishop, His Holiness Abune Hiskele told journalists that the Synod in its meeting on Monday elected Abune Nathaniel to serve as managing patriarch until major election and anointment takes place.
He said the election of the managing archbishop helps realize multi-faceted spiritual and social activities of EOC.
Abune Hiskele said the Holy Synod has elected Abune Nathaniel for his long spiritual service based on the EOC canon.
With a view to consolidate the Holy Synod, some seven additional members for the outstanding Synod have been elected. The elected religious leaders are Abune Timotiyos, Abune Gabriel, Abune Estifanos, Abune Lukas, Abune Samuel, Abune Matewos and Abune Abrham.
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Archbishop Abune Natnael elected as the Locum Tenens of Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Addis Ababa: It has been reported that The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church on Monday elected Archbishop Abune Natnael of Arsi Diocese as the Locum Tenens (Caretaker) of the Patriarchal Throne until a new leader is elected.
It has also been reported that seven Archbishops . Abune Timotheos, Abune Gabriel, Abune Estephanos, Abune Lukas, Abune Samuel, Abune Matheos and Abune Abraham have also been elected to assist the Locum Tenens and to moderate procedures to elect the next Patriarch.