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The 4th Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthhodox Tewahdo Church, His holiness Abune Dioskoros, passed away today following a long illness. The Patriarch had been receiving treatment both at home and abroad in the recent months.

The Holy Synod of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church expresses deep sorrow on the passing away of the Patriarch.

Funeral service for His Holiness Patriarch Diyoskoros will be held at Abune Abranios Monastery, Mendefera sub-zone, at noon on Saturday 26 December following prayer sermons at Asmara’s Saint Mary Church earlier in the day.

The Holy Synod of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church kindly informs that the Book of Condolensces will be open, from Tuesday 22nd Decemebr until Friday 25th Decemeber from from 9:00 am in the morning till mid-day for signature by dignitaries, including Ministers, PFDJ Officials, other senior Government officials, Resident Ambassadors and other diplomats.