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WCC invites churches worldwide to pray for Zimbabwe – 17 Jun 08

June 19, 2008

Council of Churches – News Release

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For immediate release – 17/06/2008 11:44:16




Churches worldwide are being invited to celebrate a day of prayer for Zimbabwe on Sunday, 22 June, as the beginning of a season of prayer for the people and government of the African country, which is facing a critical time.


The day of prayer for Zimbabwe, which is an initiative of Christians in the country, will take place shortly before the runoff election for the presidency scheduled for Friday, 27 June.


“It is impossible to overstate the importance of this election, its fairness, its outcome and its aftermath”, affirms the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia in a letter to the WCC member churches. (more…)


Pastoral Statement on Zimbabwe from the Anglican Bishops of the Central African Province – 4 Jun 08

June 12, 2008

“I Have Heard The Cry of My People”

We the Bishops of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa, comprising Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, “called to share in Jesus’ work of sanctifying and shepherding his people and of speaking in God’s name”. As shepherds of our people we are deeply concerned and dismayed at the escalation of violence in Zimbabwe since the post election of 29th March 2008.

We are alarmed that a government can perpetrate irresponsible acts against its citizens by destroying people’s homes, torturing and killing for the simple reason that they did not vote “correctly”. We fear that the Presidential Run-Off elections on 27th June 2008 could witness a repeat of retribution of those who would have not voted “correctly”. (more…)

Kunonga excommunicated as persecution of Anglicans continues – Episcopal Life (US) – 19 May 08

June 12, 2008

By Matthew Davies
The controversial former bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, has been officially excommunicated, thereby stripping him of his ability to function as a cleric in the Anglican Church. The announcement by the dean of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, the Rt. Rev. Albert Chama, comes following disturbing reports of continued harassment and violence from local police against Anglicans trying to worship in Zimbabwe’s capital city. Last week, Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court dismissed an application from Kunonga to take control of Harare’s Anglican churches. However, police in Harare have continued to use physical force in their attempt to bar worshippers from attending church services at the city’s Anglican cathedral. (more…)

Press statement from Bishop Bakare – 7 May 08

June 12, 2008

Matthew 5:10-11
“Blessed are they that are being persecuted for righteous…”
a) We the Anglican Church of the Diocese of Harare (CPCA) are deeply concerned about the continuous disruption by the Police and the disregard of High Court Orders by the Law Enforcement Agents. (more…)

Churches set up £50,000 relief fund for Zimbabwe Anglicans – Christian Today – 11 Mar 08

June 12, 2008

An emergency fund has been set up to support the work of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe as it re-establishes its mission and ministry following changes in the leadership of Harare Diocese.
Church leaders in the region have appointed Bishop Sebastian Bakare as Bishop of Harare to succeed the discredited Bishop Nolbert Kunonga.
However, the outgoing leader has not relinquished control of diocesan accounts, which has made it impossible for Bishop Bakare to pay clergy and church workers.
The new emergency fund will cover stipends for clergy and other essential ministries in the diocese while Bishop Bakare endeavours to bring the administration of the diocese back on track. (more…)

Archbishop of Canterbury’s presidential address at opening of General Synod 2008 – 11 Feb 08

June 12, 2008

Below are relevant excerpts from Church Times report, and the transcription of the actual address:
Report from
Synod welcomes Dr Williams’s robust defence
by Pat Ashworth and Margaret Duggan
A MINUTE-LONG standing ovation greeted the Archbishop of Canterbury when he entered the chamber at the start of the meeting of the General Synod this week.
Dr Williams looked pleased, then abashed, then embarrassed, as he tried to persuade Synod members to sit down.

The second part of Dr Williams’s address concerned the Anglican Communion, particularly the Lambeth Conference and recent events in Zimbabwe. He declared the reaction of critics who had complained that Lambeth was “too focused on prayer and reflection, and not enough on decision-making” to be “an extraordinary thing to say about any Christian gathering”. (more…)

Archbishop of Canterbury’s full press statement on Zimbabwe – 14 Jan 08

June 12, 2008

 Statement on Zimbabwe

Lambeth Palace’s statement in response to reports that some Anglican church services in Harare have been disrupted by state officials
“The Archbishop of Canterbury condemns unequivocally the use of state machinery to intimidate opponents of the deposed bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, and is appalled by recent reports of Zimbabwean police forcibly stopping Sunday services in several churches in Harare where clergy have publicly and bravely refused to acknowledge Kunonga’s Episcopal authority. (more…)

Statement from the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion – 14 Jan 08

June 11, 2008

A Statement from the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion
Posted On : January 14, 2008 5:37 PM | Posted By : Admin ACO
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Anglican Communion Office Press Release (Special Report, ACNS London)

The situation with respect to the Anglican Church in Harare is a matter of grave concern to all in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Kunonga’s close ties with President Robert Mugabe is of deep concern to many and the resort to violent disruption has been widely deplored. (more…)

CPCA Press Statement – 21 Nov 07

January 21, 2008

Press Statement: Bishop Bakare already at the helm of the Anglican Diocese of Harare (CPCA)

Bishop Sebastian Bakare has already taken office as Acting Bishop/Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of Harare under the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA, or Province).

Bishop Bakare totally refutes the contents of the front page article in the Herald on Tuesday, 20th November, 2007. He stated that it is a complete fabrication and is blatantly mischievous and misleading.

The factual position is that Dr Kunonga and a few persons close to him have broken away from the Province which covers Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (more…)

CPCA Press Statement – 21 Nov 07

January 21, 2008

Bishop Sebastian Bakare has come to Harare to stay

THE recent developments within the Anglican Diocese of Harare have created some unnecessary divisions among the Christians in our Church with the former Bishop of the Diocese Nolbert Kunonga and his misinformed supporters making grossly misleading statements about their status in the Diocese of Harare.

Bishop Bakare and the Anglican Community who understand the rules and procedures of business conduct in the Church will not engage in acts of violence to defend their position but will seek God’s guidance during these difficult times. Right is on their side. They must defend it with constant Prayers. (more…)