His Eminence Abuna Yesehaq Mandefro
Father Mandefro emphasized the importance of a close relationship between Church and State. He said that it was essential that Government work closely with the Church “… because the church is the people and the people the church and the government is of the people.”
"...Even the church here itself it was established through his desire. We: He said, worship our God; through the Eyes of Ethiopia, and so we have it here now."
The African Story
Ancient historical books of India states that civilization came to India from Ethiopia before it came to Egypt,
and these ancient books mention the names of old Cushite Kings that were worshipped in India.
Indranikos (Indrana) was called god of the Hindu and King of Ethiopia.
After Him, Deva and Nahusha (Nahusanay) is mentioned.
** Persia, Jusiana, Media and Aria the whole territory between the Indus and Tigris was under the Cushite Kingdom. In Africa, the Ethiopians, The Egyptians and Libyans, the Cananites and Phoenicians were all descendants of Ham. They where the pioneers of today's civilization and culture.
"..Brethren, the Mother Church of ETHIOPIA is not unmindful of your sincere devotion in the past to The ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH. and to the deepest spiritual concern of HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I Defender of our Faith, and your concern in the Ethiopian World Federation.I am sure the Mother Church in Ethiopia; can count on you as true Christian Soldiers, who will stand fast and help to carry forward the doctrine of Our SAVIOUR, which is needed so much in our world today."
Church in Holy Land
The Ethiopian church in Jerusalem was one of the first established Christian churches there. Soon after the resurrection of our Lord Eyesus Kristos, Ethiopian monks and holy men and women as well began streaming to the Holy Land, many of whom never returned home, but lived a holy life there instead.
There is innumerable evidence regarding the presence of the Ethiopians in the Holy Land and the properties they possessed:
During the Moslem conquest of Jerusalem (634-44 A.D.), the Ethiopian community occupied very important parts of the holy places, including the Monastery of Der Seltan (Deir es Sultan) and among the Christians to whom kalif Omar promised protection were the Ethiopians.