"Ethiopian Church Leader Abune Petros Denied Entry, Returns to U.S. Amid Growing Controversy"
Edited by : Gezahegn Mekonnen Demissie -2/6/2024
In a startling twist of fate, His Eminence Abune Petros, revered as the General Secretary of the Holy Synod and Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and surrounding areas, has been barred from entering Ethiopia, compelling his swift return to the United States. During an exclusive phone interview with Ellias Messeret of AP News, Archbishop Abune Petros disclosed, "We were prepared for this... false reports of my defection circulated a month ago when I departed for the U.S. However, it's evident this move is intended to disparage our Church. This should be crystal clear to all." Expressing disappointment, the Archbishop cited multiple unsuccessful attempts to address the situation. Despite his efforts, he encountered insurmountable barriers upon attempting to enter the country and is now en route back to the U.S. The denial of entry unfolds against a backdrop of controversy and speculation encircling Archbishop Abune Petros. His sudden return signifies a pivotal moment in the ongoing discord within the Ethiopian Church community. The specifics behind the denial remain shrouded in mystery, leaving myriad questions unanswered. Nevertheless, Archbishop Abune Petros's assertion of targeted humiliation against the Church raises profound concerns regarding potential ulterior motives driving this decision. As the Archbishop readies to resume his journey to the United States, the Ethiopian Church community braces for further reverberations and awaits elucidation regarding the circumstances underpinning this unforeseen twist of events.