Zimbabwe nuns, priests evicted, orphanage seized

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 10:40 AM
Zimbabwe nuns, priests evicted, orphanage seized

Zimbabwe's top Anglican bishop says a breakaway church leader close to the country's president has taken over an orphanage home to 80 children.

Bishop Chad Gandiya, leader of the mainstream Anglican group, says the breakaway leader also has seized mission schools and priests' homes.

On Tuesday, Gandiya visited nuns and priests evicted from the church facilities near the provincial town of Murewa, 50 miles (85 kilometers) from Harare. Gandiya says he is worried about the fate of the 80 children left at the orphanage.

Bishop Nolbert Kunonga, the breakaway church leader who insists he split from the Anglican church because it recognized gay marriage, has protection of police loyal to President Robert Mugabe.