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Ref. 53: 

This reference, in Swedish, is about how Wejryd (the new Archbishop of the Swedish Lutheran Church who recently replaced retiring Hammar) is not welcome to the summer conference in Ethiopia due to his church's position on homosexual marriages. Translated into your language it reads (in part):

Wejryd not welcome to Ethiopia.

The trip is postponed due to the view on homo marriages by the Swedish Church.

The archbishop of the Swedish Church is stopped from participating in the conference this summer by the Mekane Yesus Church. He is no longer welcome.

The reason is that the Ethiopian church does not want the homo question to overshadow the conference. The Mekane Yesus church in Ethiopia is, with its four and a half million active members, one of the largest Evangelical-Lutheran churches in the world. The church has its roots in the mission work by EFS in Ethiopia and the contacts with the Swedish Church and EFS have always been of great importance….

For a look at the original text in Swedish click here (file size: 2.1 MB)