( AP )
The South Korean wife of a Roman Catholic archbishop has once again
rejected Vatican conditions for a meeting with her husband. A
spokesman for the wife said negotiations with the church were
continuing, but the pair would not meet Friday.
Emmanuel Milingo, 71, left Maria Sung, a 43-year-old acupuncturist,
earlier this month and returned to the church after the Vatican
threatened to excommunicate him.
Sung has been on a hunger
strike for nearly two weeks, demanding a private meeting with her
Zambian spouse. Despite the fast, Sung was able to stand for almost
10 minutes while she prayed in St. Peter's Square at noon, her
second prayer vigil of the day there.
She kept her eyes
closed, appearing unfazed by the clamor of the media and curious
tourists swarming around her, and left without making a statement.
Sung and Milingo were married in May by the Rev. Sun Myung
Moon, leader of the Family Federation for World Peace and
Unification Movement, in a group ceremony in New York.
Rev. Phillip Schanker, an official of Moon's church and Sung's
spokesman, said there was no possibility of the couple meeting
Friday, as expected. He said negotiations were continuing. Sung has
been holding daily prayer vigils at St. Peter's Square. On Thursday
evening, she was joined by around 100 people. "Where is Milingo?"
read a banner draped in the square.
Milingo dropped out of
sight on Aug. 8 after a meeting with the pope. The Vatican said he
has been in spiritual retreat.