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Mersha Alehegne

Ethiopian bishop and martyr, was born in Fiche, North Shewa, Ethiopia, as Haile Maryam to a farming family. He was one of the four pioneer Ethiopian Fathers who were officially ordained as bishops in 1928 and one of the major martyrs of the Italian Fascist occupation of Ethiopia (1936–1941).

Abune Petros was educated from elementary school to the highest stage of ecclesiastical education at the monastery of Debre Libanos, where he took vows in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and became a monk in 1916. He started his teaching career at the monastery of Meskabe Kedusan in Amhara Saynt, Wello, and later he moved to Debre-Menkerat monastery in Wolamo, South Ethiopia, where he was authorized by the church as the teacher in charge. In 1924 he was assigned as the main teacher of the well known island monastery of Mary which is situated in Lake Zeway in the ...