News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

ERITREA.JPG
Reuters
ERITREA.JPG
Reuters
World News

Eritrean patriarch dies after 16 years of house arrest

by Sophie Drew

Father Antonios - the third patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tawehedo Church - has died whilst under house arrest. 

The patriarch had been held captive for 16 years prior to his death on Wednesday, February 9. 

He spent much of his life standing up for the rights of Christian people; a stance that led to him being illegally and forcefully detained in 2006.

The situation in Eritrea continues to escalate, with many Christians and non-believers suffering.

Dr Khataza Gondwe, from Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reflected on what his life and legacy will be in the wake of his death.

She told Premier: "He will be remembered as somebody who stood for righteousness; somebody who stood for the truth and the doctrine of Christ, and of the traditions of the Church, he would not compromise." 

In the years since he was detained, the United States regarded Abune Antonios as a prisoner of conscience.

In an unprecedented move, 2019 saw bishops of the Holy Synod excommunicate Father Antonios for heresy, declaring that "his name should never be remembered." 

The move was condemned by the president of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches. 

Dr Gondwe continued: "He was put in terrible conditions, he w"as held in the servant's quarters in a villa where some of the Bishops lived, every attempt was made to humiliate him."

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate