Zamnet (Zambia), Oct. 23, 2002
LUSAKA, October 23 — Maria Sung has said her confined ‘husband’ Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo was sneaked into Rome, Italy from Argentina the day she also arrived there.
In an email from Washington, D.C the South Korean woman who left Zambia on 25th September after crusading for the release of her confined husband said she was surprised about the coincidence.
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“On the same day of my arrival in Italy, I heard Archbishop Milingo also arrived in Rome, Italy from Argentina.
Reporters were amazed and said it was a miracle,” Sung said. “To me it simply another sign that God is truly alive and is with us and always guiding us.”
The 43-year-old woman said she was now in Washington, D.C and had a number of meetings with members of her church who had been praying for Archbishop Milingo.
She however said at the moment she had no specific plans for the future.
Sung however urged the Milingo Human Right Campaigning Committee spearheaded by her church in Zambia, World Federation for Peace and Unification (WFPU) and some independent churches of Zambia not to stop pushing for Milingo’s release.
She said Milingo was not free yet adding he was now confined in the Vatican.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Human Right Commission (PHIC) last month arranged for a telephone conversation where Milingo was alleged to have told his brother, Maritino that he was well and would return to Zakalolo on October 12 and then come to Zambia on 15th October.
But Sung said the Vatican was now saying Milingo would conduct mass around the end of October and would not return to Zambia.
“As I said many times, without our efforts and the endeavors of Zambian the Vatican will not grant freedom to the Archbishop,” she said. “Your movement for your human rights will therefore have to persuade even more aggressively.”
Meanwhile, the Milingo Human Rights Committee are expected to see the PHIC chairperson Judge Lombe Chibesakunda on the way
“So we have to see the chairperson of PHIC and hear what she is going to say because Milingo was supposed to be in Zambia on 15th October,” said WFPU president Lawrence Banda.