Archbishop wants to meet with Mugabe over Anglican persecution allegations
Archbishop Rowan Williams greets congregants gathered at the City Sports Centre in Harare on October 9.
October 10th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Archbishop wants to meet with Mugabe over Anglican persecution allegations

From Nkepile Mabuse, CNN

(CNN) - A breakaway sect of the Anglican church allied to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe protested Sunday against a visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Nolbert Kunonga, the excommunicated former bishop of Harare, led the protest.

Archbishop Rowan Williams has accused Kunonga of using state resources to intimidate the loyal Anglican congregation, often with violence. Williams has requested a meeting with Mugabe on Monday to discuss the issue. He delivered a sermon in the capital Sunday.

Describing Zimbabwe as "troubled," Williams did not mince his words in his sermon, asking Mugabe's government to ensure there is "peace and justice" in the country.

"God has given so many gifts to this land. It has the capacity to feed its people and more," he said. "Its minerals wealth is great. But we have seen years when land is not used to feed people and lies idle."

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Filed under: Africa • Anglican • Church • Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Rome for John Paul II's beatification
Bishop James Harvey welcomes Robert Mugabe before the funeral of Pope John Paul II on April 8, 2005.
April 30th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Rome for John Paul II's beatification

From Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Rome for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, airport officials said Saturday, despite his EU-wide travel ban for alleged human rights abuses.

The Vatican did not personally invite Mugabe to the Sunday event, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press office.

But a diplomatic relationship exists between Zimbabwe and the Vatican, a sovereign state that is not a member of the European Union.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope John Paul II • Vatican • Zimbabwe

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