Ethiopian Catholic Archeparchy of Addis Abeba

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Metropolitan Archeparchy of Addis Ababa
Country Ethiopia
Ecclesiastical province Addis Ababa
Metropolitan Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel[1]
Denomination Ethiopian Catholic
Rite Ge'ez Rite
Established 1839/1961
Cathedral Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary[1]
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel
Metropolitan Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel[1]
Auxiliary Bishops Lisane-Christos Matheos Semahun[1]
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The Archeparchy of Addis Ababa is the Metropolitan See for the Ecclesiastical province of Addis Ababa, or Addis Abeba, in Ethiopia. The Metropolitan Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel is the head of the Ethiopian Catholic Church and Primate of Ethiopia.


The Archeparchy had its roots in the Apostolic Prefecture of Abyssinia, formed in 1839 and based in Keren,[2] removed from the jurisdiction of the Vicariate Apostolic of Syria, Egypt, Arabia and Cyprus. In 1847 the prefecture was raised to an Vicariate Apostolic and moved on March 25, 1937, to become the Vicariate Apostolic of Addis Ababa. On October 31, 1951, the vicariate was changed to an Apostolic Exarchate, establishing it as part of the Eastern Catholic Churches. It was made a fully independent diocese, on February 20, 1961, when it became a Metropolitan Archeparchy. The Eparchy of Emdeber was established on November 25, 2003 with territory separated from the archeparchy.[1] In January 2015 Pope Francis detached the eparchies in Eritrea from the ecclesiastical province of Addis Abeba by erecting the new metropolitan church sui iuris of Eritrea.[3] On the same day he established a new Ethiopian eparchy Bahir Dar-Dessie, which is a suffragan eparchy of Addis Abeba.[3]

Special churches[edit]

The seat is the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Addis Ababa[1]


Suffragan eparchies[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Addis Abeba". Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "History". Catholic Eparchy of Keren. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "New Eparchy in Ethiopia, Metropolitan Church of Eritrea". Zenit. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015.