Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
His Eminence

Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel

Cardinal, Archbishop of Addis Abeba
Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel.jpg
Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel
ChurchEthiopian Catholic Church
ArchdioceseAddis Abeba
SeeAddis Abeba
Appointed7 July 1999
PredecessorPaulos Tzadua
Other posts
Ordination4 July 1976
Consecration25 January 1998
by Paulos Tzadua
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born (1948-07-14) 14 July 1948 (age 71)
Tchela Claka
DenominationEthiopian Catholic Church
Previous post
  • Titular Bishop of Bita (1997–1999)
  • Apostolic Administrator of Addis Abeba (1997–1999)
Coat of armsBerhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel
Priestly ordination
Date4 July 1976
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorPaulos Tzadua
Co-consecratorsYohannes Woldeghiorghis
Woldetensae Ghebreghiorgis
Date25 January 1998
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel as principal consecrator
Tesfasellassie Medhin20 January 2002
Abraham Desta10 May 2002
Musie Ghebreghiorgis, OFM Cap.8 February 2004
Rodrigo Mejia Saldarriaga, SJ4 March 2007
Giovanni Migliorati, MCCI31 May 2009
Theodorus van Ruiyven, CM30 August 2009
Markos Ghebremedhin, CM24 January 2010
Angelo Moreschi, SDB31 January 2010
Woldeghiorghis Mathewos11 April 2010
Lisane-Christos Matheos Semahun18 April 2010
Tsegaye Keneni Derara24 November 2013
Angelo Pagano, OFM Cap.29 May 2016
Roberto Bergamaschi, SDB8 October 2016
Styles of
Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel
Coat of arms of Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel[pronunciation?] (born Tchela Claka, Ethiopia, 14 July 1948) is an Ethiopian Catholic cardinal. He is the head of the Ethiopian Catholic Church since his election in 1999, Ethiopian Catholic Archbishop of Addis Abeba, and the Chancellor for The Catholic University of Eastern Africa.[1] He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Francis in 2015.


Early life and priesthood[edit]

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 studied Theology at King's College London and was ordained Catholic priest on 4 July 1976. He also earned a degree in sociology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.[2]


In 1990 Berhaneyesus Souraphiel became Provincial superior of the Lazarists in Addis Ababa. 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]

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 ([clarification needed].


On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make him a cardinal on 14 February.[4] At that ceremony, he was made a Cardinal-Priest and was assigned the titular church of San Romano Martire.[5]

He was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches; and of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Cheney. "Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, C.M." Retrieved 1 February 2013.[self-published source][self-published source]
  2. ^ a b "Nomina dell'Arcivescovo Metropolita di Addis Abeba (Etiopia)". Daily Bulletin (in Italian). Rome: Holy See Press Office. 7 July 1999. Archived from the original on 22 April 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  3. ^ 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Ethiopia, Section 5, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  4. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". NEWS.VA Official Vatican Network. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.

External links[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
vicariate established
Vicar Apostolic of Jimma-Bonga Succeeded by
Theodorus van Ruiyven, CM
Preceded by
Paulos Tzadua
Titular Bishop of Bita
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paulos Tzadua
Archbishop of Addis Abeba
1999 – present
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of San Romano Martire