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This is a list of The Abunas of Ethiopia, the spiritual head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. This church is one of the Oriental Orthodoxy communion, granted autocephaly by the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa.

Bishops of Axum

Metropolitan Archbishops of Axum and of All Ethiopia

On 13 July 1948, the Coptic Orthodox and Ethiopian Churches reached an agreement that led to the elevation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church to the rank of an Autonomous Church; allowing the Archbishop of Axum and of All Ethiopia to consecrate on his own bishops and metropolitans for the Ethipian Church and to form a local Holy Synod. The Archbishop, however, is consecrated by the Pope of Alexandria along with the members of the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Then in 1959, the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria granted the Autocephelacy to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and elevated the Archbishop to the Patriarchal dignity and was enthroned with the title of: Archbishop of Axum, Ishage (Supreme Abbot) and Patriarch and Re'ese Liqane Papasat Echege (Catholicos) of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

Archbishops of Axum and Patriarch Catholicoi of All Ethiopia, since 1959

See also


  1. Minas according to the Gadla Afse, while Elyas according to the source of Conti Rossini in Acta Yared et Pantalewon. Sergew Hable Selassie, Ancient and Medieval Ethiopian History to 1270. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: United Printers, p.116
  2. Due to the exiling of Patriarch Theodosius I and his replacement with the Chalcedonian Patriarch Paul, according to an Arabic source. Sergew, Ancient and Medieval Ethiopian History, p.142.


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