Zimbabwe Anglicans take back cathedral

2012-12-16 22:20

Harare - Mainstream Anglican Christians in Zimbabwe are returning to their cathedral after a lockout of more than five years staged by an excommunicated, breakaway bishop who claimed loyalty to President Robert Mugabe's party and used loyalist police to keep people away.

Worshippers from across the country and regional church leaders thronged the central Harare square on Sunday for a service to "cleanse and re-dedicate" the historic colonial-era cathedral towering over the square.

Bishop Chad Gandiya struck the main doors three times with a pastoral staff to have them opened. He blessed what he called the "defiled" interior with signs of the cross ahead of the first Eucharist service by mainstream Anglicans since they were often violently banished from churches and missions seized nationwide.

The nation's highest court has declared those seizures illegal.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-12-17 02:42

    Religious zealots!

      david.g.fosse - 2012-12-17 20:15

      I am a complete atheist but I I would rather be a religious zealot than a completely ignorant twat like you.I was quite amazead you were able to use an exclamation mark.By the way whats a zealot,do they belong to the ZCC?

      jan.vanniekerk.52 - 2012-12-18 10:02

      Disrespectful thugs steal almost everything of value the whole country, and grudgingly give one thing back? Where's the justice in this?

  • ann.donnelly.22 - 2012-12-17 06:03

    Good on Bishop Chad and the Anglicans!

  • ian.harrison.52035 - 2012-12-17 06:08

    Could this be the start of a return to "normality" in Zimbabwe?

      ian.robertreid - 2012-12-17 09:24

      Things will never b normal whilst Bob is in control?

      david.g.fosse - 2012-12-17 20:08

      Are you having a laugh.that is the most silly statement I have read this week.

  • popza.nzama - 2012-12-17 06:11

    Although I am not an Anglican,I am happy for Anglicans of Zimbabwe to have access to their Cathedral and be able to praise the Lord.They must not forget that it was HIS intervention that made it possible for them to take back what was theirs.This merely the beginning of good things that GOD will bless them for their faith in DEO.We thank you Lord for this.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-12-17 07:09


      david.g.fosse - 2012-12-17 20:12

      Obviously the Lord hasnt been very busy checking out the other atrocities commited by his souls in that country.Why do you people live in this dreamworld created by your ever hating God.

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-17 09:21

    I think Bob stole the Sattelite ~ i,m having problems with my Zim wat,s up link?

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-12-17 18:23

      why not burn dawn all this satanic aryan churches like asians did?

  • Teboho - 2012-12-18 08:09

    God almighty thank you for making Robert realise that when he fights the church he fights you as well. halelujah.

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