His Holiness Abune Merkorios arrives in Addis Ababa.

The Holy Synod of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) in exile, led by His Holiness Abune Merkorios, arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today.

The Patriarch spent in exile for the past 27 years following the split of the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church into two.

However, due to efforts of Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed, the two Holy Synods- the local and the Synod in exile, agreed to unite into one single Holy Synod, last week.

Based on the agreement, the Holy Synod led by His Holiness Abune Merkorios, arrived in Addis Ababa from the United States together with the Prime Minister today.

The Synod was welcomed warmly by residents and Ethiopian Orthodox faithful as it arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

His Holiness Abune Merkorios will be installed as patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

 Addis Ababa, August 1, 2018 (FBC)