Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Dec 7, 2016 / 00:02 am America/Denver (CNA).
A distant part of Ethiopia last week celebrated the baptisms of 300 adult catechumens, youth, and infants.
“Today when you receive this great Sacrament of Baptism you become sons and daughters of God, people of God and members of the Church; this brings great joy in heaven and great joy on earth for the entire Church,” Bishop Lesanu-Christos Matheos Semahun of the Bahir Dar-Dessie Ethiopian eparchy said in his Nov. 27 homily.
The newly baptized bore candles and lit them as a sign of Christ’s light, the Catholic News Agency for Africa reports.
“We know what we trust in,” they sang to a congregation of their families, clergy, vowed religious, catechists, and lay faithful.
Most of the newly baptized are of the Gumuz people, an ethnic group which mainly practices local traditional religions. They live in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region, more than 100 miles southwest of Bahir Dar.