Cross on the church tower in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is one of the ancient churches whose origins go back to the times of the apostles, a church which has always affirmed and worked for unity and peace even with the price of blood,” said Pillay. "The World Council of Churches regrets the breaking away of a fraction from the body of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church to establish a new synod.”

Pillay added prayers for the healing of the wounds and for the restoration of unity. We call upon all political leaders in Ethiopia to support the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in its efforts to achieve unity and peace among its members by allowing the church, which is a legally recognized religious entity in Ethiopia, to use its internal rules and ecclesial canons to address the current situation,” Pillay said. The WCC commits to pray for and journey with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and with Ethiopia at large as we continue to pray and work for justice, reconciliation, unity and peace in the land.”

Statement of Solidarity with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

WCC member churches in Ethiopia