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Archbishop's Wife Appeals to Pope


The Associated Press, Mon 27 Aug 2001
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The wife of a Roman Catholic archbishop has taken her appeal to see her husband directly to Pope John Paul II, urging the pontiff in a letter to let the cleric tell her face-to-face that he's leaving her.

Maria Sung, 43, has already accepted the Vatican's conditions for a reunion with Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, 71, and is just waiting for the Vatican to produce him, Sung's spokesman, the Rev. Phillip Schanker said Monday.

Sung, who says she has been on a hunger strike for two weeks to press her case, wrote the pope Sunday to explain herself.

``If my husband intends to renounce everything that he promised, if he sits before me and tells me to my face, and explains everything with his heart in his hand ... I will listen with all my heart, as I'm sure he will listen to me,'' she wrote.

``Once we are clear, I won't make any opposition,'' said the letter, excerpts of which were printed in Monday's Italian newspapers.

Sung, a South Korean acupuncturist, hasn't seen her husband since Aug. 8, the day after Milingo met with John Paul in a bid to avert his threatened excommunication.

Milingo, the former Archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, married Sung in a group wedding in New York May 27, officiated by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Movement.



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