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Zimbabwean priests rally in support of Bulawayo archbishop

Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, have issued a statement supporting their archbishop, who is under attack for his defense of the poor.

More than 50 priests released the statement earlier this month in support of Bulawayo Archbishop Pius Ncube. The priests said they feared the archbishop was being isolated by other Catholic bishops who remain silent in the face of rising political violence.

"We condemn those who harass, who attack, who plan evil against the archbishop. We condemn those who attempt to silence his voice," the statement said. "We call upon such persons to repent and reform their ways."

"We remind such persons that they will appear before the Almighty Judge on the last day when they shall answer for their deeds," the priests said.

The priests thanked Archbishop Ncube, an outspoken critic of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, for his support of the "poor, the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the bereaved, and all those who suffer injustice in the cause of right."

Catholic News Service

Church split over links to Mugabe (The Australian 18/1/02)
Church's silence is unacceptable (The Daily News 15/1/02)
No Cheers in Zimbabwe This Christmas (24/12/02)
Disaster looms for Zimbabwe (6/12/02)
Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference

21 Jan 2003