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(from ONE magazine November 2008)

North American Eritreans
Posted: 13 Nov 2008

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Abune Menghesteab of Asmara, center, meets with Chorbishop Faris, left, and Msgr. Stern in New York.  (photo: Erin Edwards) 

The Ge’ez Catholic bishop of Asmara, Eritrea’s capital city in the horn of Africa, recently completed a pastoral visit to Canada and the United States. Abune Menghesteab Tesfamariam, M.C.C.J., was warmly welcomed by his compatriots, who include an estimated 20,000 people living in major cities of North America.

Abune Menghesteab also visited CNEWA’s headquarters in New York City on 17 September. There he discussed with senior staff his pastoral work and the agency’s assistance to his eparchy.

An estimated 141,460 Ge’ez Catholics live in Eritrea, a country of 5.5 million people. Some 60,000 Catholics make up the Eparchy of Asmara.