The Ethiopian-Canadian music star, American Music, BET, Grammy and Juno Awards winner The Weeknd (aka Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) donated $50,000 for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Toronto, ON, Canada.

By Yohannes Ayalew |

The double Grammy and five Juno Awards winner Abel Tesfaye― The Weeknd ―donated the money to Menbere Berhan St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Cathedral in Toronto.

The announcement of Abel Tesfaye’s donation came during Saturday (April 30th) night’s celebration of Orthodox Easter holiday at the Cathedral.

The head of the Cathedral, Reverend Misale Engida, stated that he and his congregation remember Abel Tesfaye coming to the church as a child.

St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral is one of the largest Cathedrals in Toronto and one of the biggest Ethiopian churches in North America in general. The Cathedral has been a strong faith-based institution in the social fabric of the Ethiopian community in Canada.

The Cathedral is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a variety of events spanning between May 2-8, 2016.

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3 Responses

  1. Haile Awoke

    The so called,Reverend Misale Engida, is the brother of my mother. He, with his brothers in Canada has taken my mother money for two years in a fake reason that they let her being a business partner in a business being run in Addis. Ababa.We managed to get the same amount of money after two years after much begging.So, this is to make clear he loves money this much that he takes money from his own poor sister, my mother. How he become a priest with such personality.


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