Abraha Francois

Abraha Francois (2 April 1918 - 26 March 2000) was appointed by Pope John XXIII in 1961 as the first autonomous Archbishop of Asmara, which had previously been a part of the Ethiopian Catholic Church. He went on to attend the sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

Francois was known for his ecumenical openness and for his activism against the Derg in Ethiopia. He repeatedly protested against Soviet involvement in the Eritrean struggle for independence.