Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury praises Zimbabwean Anglican leader

Rowan (shown in a very large hat) sings the praises of Bishop Bakare who has won an international peace prize. From Ecumenical News Service.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has described the bishop of Harare, Sebastian Bakare, as a "deeply respected and courageous leader who has spoken out not only against injustices in his community but also against corruption within his own Anglican church". The head of the 77-million worldwide Anglican Communion was speaking from Lambeth Palace, London, before the 10 November presentation to Bishop Bakare in Stockholm of the 2008 Per Anger Award. The award, founded by the Swedish government, has been given to the bishop for his committed work and leadership of an important branch of the Christian community and his battle for human rights in Zimbabwe.

Said Williams: "His continued integrity, for which he has placed himself at considerable personal risk, has brought hope to countless people in Zimbabwe and internationally."

The Living History Forum in Stockholm has been commissioned since 2004 by the Swedish government to award the prize in the spirit of ambassador Per Anger who, during the Second World War, took the initiative to write a series of protection letters which saved the lives of thousands of Jews in Budapest.

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