Walatta Petros (Saint)
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(1594/1595, Samada, Tabor region, Ethiopia – Nov 23, 1644, Rema Island, Ethiopia), Ethiopian saint; feast day Nov 23. Walatta Petros is considered a defender of the faith of Ethiopian Orthodoxy and is venerated as a martyr. She received a theological education in school, married Malka Krestos, a confidant of Emperor Susenyos (1607–1632), became a nun around 1620, and fought against Catholic missionaries (Jesuits) and the emperor’s efforts at union with the Roman Church. Her action…

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Böll, Verena, “Walatta Petros (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124031>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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