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Palm Beach Freedom Institute Celebrates 80th Anniversary of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa

Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie would like to thank his good friend and colleague Paul du Quenoy of the Palm Beach Freedom Institute for his ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the Ethiopian Crown Council generally and its Holy Trinity Cathedral renovation campaign specifically.

CHERISHED SYMBOL: Members and friends of the Ethiopian community in the nation’s capital joined visitors from the Palm Beach Freedom Institute to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, constructed by the late Emperor Haile Selassie to commemorate the liberation of his country from Italian forces during World War II. The final resting place of the Emperor, other members of the Imperial Family and national patriots, the Cathedral is considered the “crown jewel of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church,” the late monarch’s grandson and gala patron, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, told guests before a concert of traditional music, dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Alex Donner Orchestra. After noting that his country sadly remains better known for famine, oppression and civil war — “a legacy that is still rearing its ugly head” — the Prince said he hoped the Cathedral would continue to “symbolize a new Ethiopia and a new Africa” in the years to come.

CHAMPIONS OF LIBERTY: “We oppose the horrors of communism in all its forms,” Freedom Gala chairman Paul du Quenoy noted, “and are proud to honor our stalwart Ethiopian friends as they emerge from its tyranny.”

[Source: Washington Life Magazine]