ROME - The wife of a controversial
Zambian archbishop marched into St. Peter's Basilica
yesterday, demanding to be reunited with him - and adding she
may be pregnant with his child.
"If I am expecting a baby, it would be in the interests of
the child to know its father," Maria Sung said. "He would want
to know his father."
Sung, 43, also threatened to begin a hunger strike today
until she sees her husband, Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who
disappeared into seclusion six days ago.
In May, Milingo and Sung scandalized the Catholic Church by
marrying at a mass wedding in New York organized by the
Unification Church's Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
The Vatican responded by saying Milingo would be
excommunicated unless he renounced the marriage by Aug. 20.
Last week, the 71-year-old Milingo suddenly appeared in
Italy in an apparent bid to repair his relations with Rome.
After seeing Pope John Paul II, he began what was described
as a voluntary retreat at an undisclosed location for
"reflection and prayer." It was expected to last two or three
"I told God that if he did not want me to die, he should
give me back my husband," Sung said.
She said she had not taken a pregnancy test, but added: "I
am late by at least one month."
The Korean-born Sung rebuked the Vatican for keeping
"Before being a Catholic, he is a human being," Sung said.
"He is not private property of the Catholic Church. All I want
is to find my husband."
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