Zimbabwe police harass pilgrims
On Thursday I wrote about how wonderful and amazing it was to the see the police honouring Nico Smith at his funeral, when he had so often had to comfort those whose loved ones had been shot by the police. But here is a reminder that our northern neighbour, Zimbabwe, is still not free, in spite of all the fanfare over the coalition government.
In a shocking turn of events, police in Zimbabwe are turning pilgrims away from the site of the annual festival honoring the life and witness of Bernard Mizeki, the Anglican catechist who was martyred in 1896. As you take in today’s news below from Bp. Chad Gandiya of the Diocese of Harare, it is good to be aware that this festival is the largest annual gathering of Anglicans anywhere in the world, often drawing up to 30,000 pilgrims, who come mostly from Zimbabwe but also from neighboring countries. They camp outdoors in the winter cold for several days of devotion at the Mizeki Shrine near Marondera.