Catholic University of America Receives Donation of Ethiopian Scrolls


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In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Ashur Soro as Titular Bishop of Foraziana at the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Saint Peter the Apostle. Ashur Soro holds a doctorate in theology from St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome and a master’s degree in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America.

On December 19, 2016, the Catholic University of America announced it had received a donation of Ethiopian manuscripts from Gerald and Barbara Weiner, two collectors in Chicago. The manuscripts date back to the 17th and 18th Centuries and include more than 215 Islamic manuscripts and 125 Christian manuscripts. The collection also includes more than 350 magic scrolls – personalized prayer scrolls designed to be rolled into amulets and placed on a person’s neck to help with specific ailments, such as fatigue and headaches.

Gerald Werner chose the Catholic University of America as the recipient of the donation as a result of its commitment to Ethiopian studies. To learn more about the donation, visit


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After serving as a parish priest at the Assyrian Church of the East in Toronto, Ontario, Ashur Soro attended the Catholic University of America in 1991 where he received his MA in theology also Ashur Soro attended St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome, Italy, where he received a doctorate in sacred theology in 2000.

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