CNA Staff, Aug 17, 2020 / 03:35 am
The Pope's representative in Zimbabwe has expressed solidarity with a Catholic archbishop after he was harshly criticized by a government official.
Archbishop Paolo Rudelli, the Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe, visited Archbishop Robert Ndlovu Aug. 16, the day after the country's Minister of Information, Monica Mutsvangwa, launched a blistering personal attack on Ndlovu.
In a statement read out on national television, Mutsvangwa singled out Ndlovu, the Archbishop of Harare and president of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference, as she rejected the bishops' recent pastoral letter lamenting an "unprecedented" crackdown on dissent.
Describing Ndlovu as an "errant and evil bishop," Mutsvangwa accused the archbishop of seeking to heighten ethnic divisions.