Abuna

Abuna (our father), the title given by the Abyssinian Christians to their metropolitan. They receive this prelate from the Coptic patriarch of Alexandria. At one time, when the Abyssinians were greatly oppressed, they applied to the pope for help, promising never again to accept their metropolitan from the Coptic patriarch; but this forced submission to Rome did not last long. SEE ABYSSINIAN CHURCH.

 
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