Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Anglican leader requests Mugabe meeting

From AFP_

Rowan Williams, the leader of the world's Anglicans, has requested to meet Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his forthcoming visit to southeast Africa, his office said Monday.

Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is making a pastoral visit to Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia from October 5 to 13.

He will become the most senior public figure from Britain to visit Zimbabwe in a decade and could meet Mugabe as part of the trip.

"There has been an approach to meet with him but nothing has been confirmed," a Lambeth Palace spokesman said.

Mugabe, 87, who has been president since 1987, routinely blames former colonial power Britain for Zimbabwe's ills.

Zimbabwe's Anglican Church has been divided since 2007 when Nolbert Kunonga, the former bishop of Harare, split from the Anglican province of central Africa citing opposition to the ordination of gay priests.

Kunonga has since declared himself archbishop of Harare and has seized Church property including the cathedral.

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