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Archbishop of Canterbury Looks to Ease Zimbabwe Church Violence

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2011 Sep 01
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According to The Christian Post, Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is hoping to help alleviate conflict over church properties during a visit to Zimbabwe in October. Since 2007, the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has been in a state of upheaval, stemming from some being opposed to a seemingly liberal stance on homosexuality. Matters have recently taken a violent turn, with Bishop Nolbert Kunonga being recently granted authority over various Anglican church properties in a court ruling. However, he has reportedly chosen unethical and violent ways to remove priests and worshippers from the properties. "Clergy and members of the laity belonging to the Anglican Diocese of Harare... have been receiving threats, constant harassment and lately severe beatings from Kunonga's hooligans, masquerading as clergy, accompanied by 'certainly hired thugs,’” a press release stated.