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Zimbabwe: Bishop of Southwark calls for prayer and solidarity

"Zimbabwe will be saved" was the song sung spontaneously outside Southwark Cathedral after the Bishop of Southwark had called for urgent prayer and support for the people of Zimbabwe.

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The announcement was made during a Vigil of Prayer at Southwark Cathedral marking the festival of Bernard Mizeki, Zimbabwe's first Anglican martyr.

"Aware of the deep suffering of Zimbabwe and its people, who have lived for too long with fear, violence, abuse and hardship, we call on the people of our Diocese to pray for a new dawning of justice, peace and freedom for our brothers and sisters there" says the statement issued by Bishop Tom Butler and his Area Bishops.

Southwark's Anglican leaders give thanks for the prophetic courage of religious leaders who have helped to keep a vision of God's kingdom alive in the hearts of the people through the darkest of times. They also express awareness of the past injustices, hunger and the failure of British leaders to say enough.

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Zimbabweans who had left the land they love in search of freedom and opportunity were welcomed and prayers said for Zimbabwe, her people, her religious and political leaders and for a peaceful return to stability, peace and prosperity.

The Zimbabwe Christian Fellowship Choir, made up of exiles separated from their families, sang at the service.

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