Tigrai Online March 01, 2013
Archbishop of Jerusalem, Abune Mathias is elected as the 6th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Abune Mathias won 500 of the 806 votes.
Abune Mathias was born Teklemariam Asrat in 1934 Ethiopian calendar in Tigrai region, Agame awraja, Sebuha wereda.
He attained basic literacy in the traditional schooling service of the church under Kesis Weldegerima.
He was ordained as deacon in 1948 by Abune Markos, the then Archbishop of Eritrea province.
Following that, he started serving in several capacities at the Chohé monastery, Tembien awraja, Tigrai region, where he stayed for most of the subsequent 14 years.
Abune Mathias will be enthroned as Patriarch this weekend, on March 3, 2013, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in Addis Ababa.
He will be known as 6th Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Ichege of the See of St. Tekle Haymanot and Archbishop of Axum.