Abune Antonios Death : Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church has died.

By | June 9, 2022

 

HH Abune Antonios of Eritrea, the Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church has passed away after a long battle with illness.

His death was confirmed and announced on social media by London Coptic Orthodox Church Archbishop Angaelos.

HH #AbuneAntonios of #Eritrea has passed away after a long battle with illness, and an even more painful battle with injustice. We pray repose for His Holiness, and comfort and support for our #EritreanOrthodox sisters and brothers in Eritrea, Britain and around the world.

 


Before his death was finally confirmed, there were numerous unconfirmed rumors of his death on social media few days ago . 

Abune Antonios of Eritrea has been under house arrest since 2006 despite his failing health. 

Who is  Abune Antonios ?.

Abune Antonios is the third Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church. He was illegally and forcefully deposed by the Eritrean government in 2006. He has been under house arrest ever since.

Reacting to his death, someone with the name  Freweini G/sadick wrote on twitter

The official Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch Abune Antonios passed away under the custody of the utterly offensive regime in Eritrea. He was in custody for the last 16 years. He stayed true to his convictions throughout. Shame on the regime and its followers.
Miriam September wrote 
Deeply saddened by the passing of Abune Antonios after 16 years of house arrest under the Isaias regime.
#Eritrea, #Africa, and the world have lost a true man of God, and a brave, selfless resistance fighter. May he rest in heaven, and may we carry on the hero’s torch.

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