Archbishop Milingo Heads for Zambia

The Post (Zambia), Nov. 19, 2002

Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo will visit Zambia from December 5 to 19, this year.

Apostolic Nuncio in Zambia Archbishop Orlando Antonini yesterday said Archbishop Milingo would while in Zambia complete the traditional burial rites of his sister Adelaide Chilumbu who died last year.

He said Archbishop Milingo would celebrate a public Holy Eucharist on Saturday December 14 with archbishops and bishops in Zambia, presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio himself. “Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo after a long retreat with Focolare community in Argentina on Wednesday, November 13, 2002, thanks be to God, resumed his ecclesial ministry at a spirituality centre, prepared ad hoc, at Zagarolo, Italy, after the completion of the renovation works at the centre,” he said.

According to a statement released by the Vatican on Friday, Archbishop Milingo will resume his public ministry on November 21, ending more than a year of penitential isolation following his return to the Church.

The Vatican stated that the Archbishop would preside over a public Mass for the feast of the presentation of the blessed Virgin Mary at an 11th-Century Cistercian abbey about 60 miles south-east of Rome.

Archbishop Milingo, 72, has remained out of the public view except for a September 30 Italian television interview in which he said he was eager to resume his faith-healing ministry and that he prayed for Maria Sung, the woman with whom he had a short-lived ‘marriage’ last year. Archbishop Milingo renounced the marriage and his brief alliance with the movement of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon in an August 2001 private audience with Pope John Paul II.

The official sign that the prelate had been forgiven was a Vatican statement notifying “any faithful who may be interested” that Archbishop Milingo would celebrate mass next week at L’Abbazia di Casamar, his new base south of Rome.

He will conduct rites of exorcism and healing. Exorcism is a Catholic Church ritual to drive out demons supposedly taking possession of people.

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