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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…)


Vicious attack by Zanu PF on United Methodist Church reverend in Nyazura – SW Radio Africa – 9 Jun 08

June 12, 2008

By Tichaona Sibanda

A United Methodist Church Reverend lost an eye when soldiers and militias near Nyazura in Manicaland province attacked him on Saturday. The 42 year-old Reverand, Takura Bango, is in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Mutare. He is due to go for an operation in the next 48 hours on his right eye. (more…)

Anglican archbishop calls Zimbabwe a police state – The Mercury (SA) – 9 Jun 08

June 12, 2008

Johannesburg – Zimbabwe was a police state and the levels of intimidation showed the importance of deploying large numbers of election monitors, said Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on return from the country yesterday. “There is no doubt that Zimbabwe is a police state,” he said after making a pastoral visit to Zimbabwe’s Anglican bishops. (more…)

Bishop finds flock tormented in Zimbabwe – Boston Globe – 6 Jun 08

June 12, 2008

By Michael Paulson

Anglican worshipers in Zimbabwe are routinely being arrested and beaten, churches are being padlocked by police, diocesan bank accounts have been frozen, and clergy vehicles are being seized, Massachusetts Episcopal Bishop M. Thomas Shaw said yesterday after returning from a secret mission to the violence-torn southern African nation. Shaw, a frequent traveller to some of the world’s trouble spots, spent the last week in Zimbabwe at the request of the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, who asked him to visit to express support for Zimbabwean Anglicans and to gather impressions for the Episcopal Church. He said he interviewed 49 priests and also met with laypeople as well as human rights lawyers and US Embassy staff who described a worsening situation in Zimbabwe. (more…)

Anglican church turns to UN over Zimbabwe – BBC News – 29 May 08

June 12, 2008

By Robert Pigott, BBC religious affairs correspondent
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has issued a powerful challenge to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to intervene in Zimbabwe. He is asking for effective action to protect Christians from what he says is the brutality being used against them. Dr Williams warned last month Zimbabwe was poised on the brink of disaster. Now he has called on Mr Ban to explain what is being done to prevent murderous, state-organised violence, directed especially against Anglicans. The archbishop has watched with dismay and frustration as the Zimbabwean police have attacked political activists and singled out Anglicans for harsh treatment, while the country’s neighbours in southern Africa have appeared unwilling to act. Now he seems ready to shame the UN into taking effective action. (more…)

Harare churches lock-out – Church Times (UK) – 30 May 08

June 12, 2008

By Pat Ashworth
All Anglican churches in the diocese of Harare have now been barred to all except the handful of “worshippers” who support the excommunicated bishop, Nolbert Kunonga. Police interference and obstruction of services over the past months has escalated into violence against congregations in recent weeks. The Bishop of Harare, Dr Sebastian Bakare, has appealed to the Zimbabwean police to stop brutalising Anglicans, and for “sanity to prevail” in the face of total disregard of a Supreme Court ruling that the church buildings should be shared. (more…)

Anglican Church excommunicates another Zim cleric – Zim Online (SA) – 29 May 08

June 12, 2008

By Cuthbert Nzou
Harare – The Anglican Church has excommunicated a second bishop in Zimbabwe, Elson Jakazi of Manicaland diocese, after he threatened to withdraw the diocese from the church’s central African synod claiming that homosexuality was rampant in the congregation. The regional synod, which is officially known as the Church of the Province of Central (CPCA), is the church’s supreme authority in the region and a fortnight excommunicated former Bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, who had also tried to withdraw his diocese. (more…)

Mugabe shuts church over Movement for Democratic Change link – Daily Telegraph (UK) – 24 May 08

June 12, 2008

Harare – President Robert Mugabe’s regime has shut down Zimbabwe’s Anglican Church, turning baton-wielding riot police on congregations and rendering it impossible for priests to conduct services. When Anglicans go to worship tomorrow, they will not venture inside their own churches, almost all of which have been closed by police. Instead, for the first time, they will join Catholics, Methodists and Presbyterians, who will open their services to embattled Anglicans. The prime cause of the Church’s collapse is Nolbert Kunonga, the renegade Anglican Bishop of Harare and a staunch supporter of Mr Mugabe who once called his leader a “prophet of God”. (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…)

Mugabe police target Anglican churches – Daily Telegraph (UK) – 18 May 08

June 12, 2008

Harare – Armed riot police prevented Harare’s beleagured Anglican congregations from worshipping in their churches on Sunday in defiance of a supreme court order. Police moved into the gardens of Anglican churches around the city from early morning and senior officers telephoned priests and warned them not to try and hold services yesterday. Two weeks ago the usually pro-government Supreme Court of Zimbabwe dismissed an application by Nolbert Kunonga, the former Bishop of Harare, to take control all Harare’s 58 Anglican churches. (more…)