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must fight Mugabe's tyranny, Says Archbishop
Service for Africa (CISA)
May 29, 2007
are praying for an end to the "autocratic" and "brutal"
regime of President Robert Mugabe that has brought untold suffering
to the country, says outspoken Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube of
"There is a lot
of prayer in Zimbabwe right now - praying of the rosary, night prayers
to Our Lady for the country," the archbishop says in an interview
to be published in the June-July issue of Inside the Vatican magazine.
He says it was
"imperative" for the bishops of Zimbabwe to write their
Easter Pastoral Letter
which blamed the crisis in the country on bad governance. Mugabe
dismissed the letter as political nonsense.
"The situation of
the people was becoming worse and worse. Among the young people,
there was a growing anger and a growing sense of uncertainty and
desperation. We were in the hands of a man who for 27-plus years
had been autocratic and using his army to be brutal on the people."
He says Mugabe's regime
tries to intimidate the clergy for their solidarity with the people.
"We were told: 'You keep to the Bible, to religious affairs,
don't comment on political matters. If you want to come into politics
then give up your religious garb, and be a politician and then we
will deal with you properly.'"
But the church will not
be cowed. "We feel duty bound to stand with the people in a
time when there is so much suffering; in times when the humanitarian
situation of the people food wise, education-wise, health-wise,
is getting worse and worse."
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