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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (left) meets with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Monday to deliver a report detailing incidents of intimidation at Anglican churches. (Associated Press)

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  • Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, conducts a service in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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