Ethiopia Elects New Leader for Influential Orthodox Church

New leader of Ethiopia’s orthodox church Abune Matias, 71, center, is seen after being elected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP)

By Associated Press

Published: February 28

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s orthodox church has elected a new leader of the influential body in the predominantly Christian nation.

Abune Matias, 71, was Thursday named the 6th Patriarch of the church officially known as the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Abune Matias, currently serving as Archbishop of the church in Jerusalem, accepted the appointment.

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