Your Holiness,
My name is General Lema G/Mariam
Nationality: Ethiopian
Age: 97
Religion: Protestant
As a young soldier, I was one of the victims of the atrocity of Fascism, probably the only one among a few survivors from the battle of Maichew, of 1936. This was my first experience of war. I witnessed the deadly poison gas, yperite raining from aircrafts, which was a routine of the Fascist warfare. As a result of the acidic- rain, my eyes were affected and I was nearly blinded and made unconscious.
Providentially, when I regained my consciousness, I found myself in the middle of heaps of dead bodies of humans and pack animals, scorched by the blaze of bombs and toxic gas. It was a horrible scene. A few distances from me the Red Cross tents of Russia and Sweden and the entire green area were aflame.
Your Holiness, the accusation of the Vatican for the collaboration with Fascism is hard to believe, but there are proofs that some Cardinals and clergy had rallied behind fascism, among them, the Cardinal of Milan, Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster. In addition to his anti Ethiopia campaign, the Cardinal was photographed with war generals while others were photographed next to Tanks, Machineguns, and the Army, which were on their way to invade Ethiopia.
As Your Holiness is aware, his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had apologized to the Jewish people in the year 2000 for failing to take action in challenging the Nazi, though the Vatican had not collaborated with Hitler.
What would God say when the Vatican confessed to the Jewish, but not to the Ethiopians?
I have learned about your reputation through the mass media that you are a man of many firsts. I hope and pray that you will add more to your great achievement by apologizing to the Ethiopian people and peace loving people at large.

General Lema G/ Mariam
General Lema G/ Mariam

General Lema G/ Mariam
Enc. 1, two pictures: one when I was in the battle field in
military uniform, and the other with Medals of Honor.
2, Testimonial from President Tito of Yugoslavia.


  1. I thank you, Sir, for your sacrificial love for your people, country and humanity at large.
    There are too many apologies world religious and political leaders have to make, one of which may be this one. I believe apology without compensatory retribution would not achieve much to the victimized Ethiopian people.
    May God reward you for your humble service!

  2. I am proud of General Lema Gebre Mariam for his service to our beloved country -Ethiopai.
    The letter you sent to the pope is very appropriate-infact it is long overdue. It is my belief Pope Francise would respond to your letter and would make appropriate apology for you and other Ethiopian compatriots who participated in the war effort to protect our country from the invaders/occupiers.
    May God, the Almighty keep you well. Amen.
    Eddle Senay

  3. Sir your concern is mine but We have more problem than this;the trail blazer and historical church of Ethiopia and it’s chosen Bishop is in exile the Moslem community is denied to appoint it’s Imams ,ethnic federalism(apartheid has taken over by narrow tribal Nazi called Woyanai aka TPLF),journalist and activists are felling up the jails…
    the nation is facing a bloody civil war in the near future;as far as I know the Catholic church have apologized to the leader of Ethiopia of that time(HIM) with a written letter; and over many years they have dedicated building schools,clinics….in return; you ought to check those evidences for yourself.
    I think it is wise to use our energy for democratization of Ethiopia. Since your point is valid & well taken we will ask the Vatican to ask forgiveness afterwards if we find it necessary.ONE Ethiopia!Down with Ethnic federal regime IN Addis Abeba Ethiopia!!!!!!!

  4. The Ethiopian orthdox church is divided into two Pro TPLF and not Pro TPLF. We need to write a later to the two papas one in Addis Ababa and the other in Washington DC to come to one accord then other religions will do what we ask them to do.

  5. ዕጋድን ውስጥ ኣሁን ይሚደርገውን
    በ ንጉሱ ጊዜ የጎጃም የ ኣየር ድብደባስ ኣንዴት ይ ዩታል

  6. The comments and suggestions by Teruneh, Tefera, and Mehadi would, I’m sure, make the Fasscist Italians very happy. These three gentlemen are suggesting that we focus only on our internal issues to the exclusion of the justice that is required by Ethiopia for the huge war crimes pepetrated by the Fascists. Shame on us!!
    Ethiopians are perfectly capable to deal with their internal challenges as well as the external struggle for justice.

  7. You ask for apology The Vatican Pop for the mistake of some cardinals.I agree with that but What about The Ethiopian Orthodox church? for her bishops (except Abune Petros) act who accepted , collaborated and cheered wine with Fascist Italy.There are too many things our church and her money lover priests should have to apologize.

  8. Selamu you must be a Protestant like the General himself or subtle Woyanai hiding in opposition camp like some of my friends ;I definitely see an ulterior motive here.Remember Haile Mariam Desaleng was a pastor now monster.So; my friend let us not put the cart before the horse.
    As I put down my comment on this blog Ethiopia is heading to a dangerous zone.
    Just look as to what that stupid so called diplomat! aiming at peaceful protesters in front of the Ethiopian embassy. Today!!! in the 21st century!!!! in America!!!
    Should I not worry about the black Mussolini right in front me rather than going back 100 years?!!!!!

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