Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel

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The Most Reverend
Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel
Archbishop of Addis Abeba
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Berhaneyesus Souraphiel (left) in the inauguration of a medical-aid program with an Italian priest.
Church Ethiopian Catholic Church
See Addis Abeba
Installed 7 July 1999
Predecessor Paulos Tzadua
Successor Incumbent
Ordination 4 July 1976 (Priest)
Consecration 25 January 1998 (Bishop)
by Paulos Tzadua
Personal details
Born (1948-07-14) 14 July 1948 (age 66)
Tchela Claka
Residence Ethiopia

Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel is the current Ethiopian Catholic Archbishop of Addis Abeba and the current head of the Ethiopian Catholic Church since his election in 1999.[1]


Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel was born on 14 July 1948 in Tchela Claka, near Harar in Ethiopia. He studied at the Makanissa Major Seminary and entered in the Congregation of the Mission (popularly known as Lazarists or Vincentians). He was ordained Catholic priest on 4 July 1976, and he earned a degree in sociology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.[2]

In 1990 Berhaneyesus Souraphiel became Provincial superior of the Lazarists in Addis Abeba. In 1994 he was appointed as Prefect of the Apostolic Vicariate of Jimma-Bonga.[2] On 7 November 1997 he was chosen as auxiliary bishop of Addis Abeba and was consecrated bishop on 25 January 1998 by Cardinal Paulos Tzadua. On 7 July 1999 he succeeded to Cardinal Paulos Tzadua as Ethiopian Catholic Archbishop of Addis Abeba.[1]

In December 2008, he was one of a dozen Ethiopian religious figures who adopted a resolution against homosexuality, urging Ethiopian lawmakers to endorse a ban on homosexual activity in the constitution.[3]

The new Chancellor for The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, the Most Rev. Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel presided over his first graduation (and the 30th for the University) on Friday October 3, 2014. In his speech, the Chancellor urged the students to go out and transform their communities in a tangible manner. In this case, he urged them to carry with them the AMECEA vision which is about ‘the integral transformation of the people of God. He reminded the young graduands that they carry the hopes of a better future for Africa and they must never lose it, ‘no matter how bad the situation is’. Further, the Chancellor thanked the Government of Kenya for it’s support and cooperation with CUEA noting that this has enabled the university to grow and achieve its mission. Most Rev. Berhaneyesus D. Souraphiel is the Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is also the Chairman of the Association of Members Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). He was elected as the chairman of AMECEA during the 18th Plenary Assembly in Malawi in July, 2014. At the same session, Rt. Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba Bishop of Nakuru (Kenya) was elected Chairman of the University Council (