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Archbishop's wife 'has no regrets'

The wife of African archbishop Emmanuel Milingo has said she has no regrets, declaring that he and the archbishop are "an eternal couple, no matter what".

Maria Sung arrived in New York on Saturday, days after she and Archbishop Milingo parted ways.

Sung, 43, and Milingo, 71, married in May in a group ceremony in New York led by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, head of the South Korea-based Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. Milingo heeded the pope's appeal to return to the Catholic Church and embrace the vow of celibacy. He met with Sung last Wednesday and told her he would not stay married to her.

Speaking through a translator, Sung told reporters Milingo had told her he would be with her in her heart.

"I don't have any problems with his decision because he loves the Catholic Church so much," Sung said. "I believe his being separated from the Catholic Church would have been a greater pain than being separated from me."