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Archbishop Renounces His Marriage

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Vatican: Archbishop Giving Up Wife (Associated Press, Aug 14, 2001)
Vatican: Archbishop Giving Up Wife (Associated Press, Aug 14, 2001)
Vatican: Archbishop Giving Up Wife (Associated Press, Aug 14, 2001)

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By Jane Barrett
Reuters
Wednesday, August 15, 2001; Page A15

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 14 -- Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who shocked the Vatican by marrying a woman chosen by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, has written to Pope John Paul II renouncing his life with his Korean wife and returning to the Catholic Church.

In a letter sent to the pope last week and released by the Vatican today, Milingo, 71, also said he has turned his back on Moon's Unification Church, satisfying three conditions set by the Vatican for the African prelate to avoid excom- munication.

"I now rededicate my life to the Catholic Church with all my heart, I renounce my life together with Maria Sung and my dealings with Rev. Moon and his Family Federation for World Peace," read the letter, dated Aug. 11.

Milingo and Sung, 43, married at a mass wedding in New York in May, prompting the Vatican to threaten to cut him off unless he left his wife, severed links with Moon's church and showed his obedience to the pope "by a clear, unequivocal act."

2001 The Washington Post Company