The Reverend Jeremiah Wright Drops Planned Philly Appearances


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Barack Obama's former pastor has withdrawn from two scheduled appearances in Philadelphia.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright was scheduled to lead a revival May 28 and 29 at St. Thomas African Episcopal Church. And he was scheduled to preach June 1 at the 100th anniversary celebration of Canaan Baptist Church.

Wright often preaches in his native Philadelphia. But both churches said Monday he has withdrawn from next week's events.

The rector of St. Thomas, the Rev. Martini Shaw, said Wright's office asked him last week to reschedule the appearance. Shaw said Wright "has been exhausted by all the media attention and desired some time for refreshment and refueling."

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