Mugabe Arrives in Rome for Pope's Inauguration

LazyLion

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flew into Rome on Monday to attend Pope Francis's inauguration, sidestepping a travel ban that applies to the EU but not to the sovereign Vatican City state.

Mugabe arrived amid controversy in Zimbabwe where police on Sunday arrested four of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's aides and a prominent human rights lawyer following a referendum that would curtail Mugabe's powers.

A practising Catholic, the 89-year-old Mugabe visited the Vatican previously in 2011 for the beatification of late pope John Paul II.

In 2005, he attended John Paul II's funeral on a visit that drew controversy after Britain's Prince Charles shook hands with him.

Pope Francis's inauguration mass in St Peter's Square will take place on Tuesday, with hundreds of thousands of faithful and world leaders expected.

Mugabe has been widely condemned for human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

Preliminary results indicate the referendum has been approved, paving the way for fresh elections to decide whether Mugabe will stay on.

The new constitution would introduce presidential term limits and beef up parliament's powers but could allow Mugabe to stay on for another decade if he wins elections.

Mugabe has ruled uninterrupted since independence from Britain in 1980, despite a series of disputed and violent polls and a severe economic crash propelled by hyper-inflation.


Source : Sapa-AFP /pk/fg
Date : 18 Mar 2013 10:31
 

daveza

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So, as it has no airport, how does Mugabe get to the Vatican without violating the travel ban ?
 

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So, as it has no airport, how does Mugabe get to the Vatican without violating the travel ban ?

Same way he's able to still travel to New York for UN meetings I guess. I think if he's invited he's free to travel.
 

Nick333

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The Italian government is so up the Vaticans butthole they'll turn a blind eye.
 

daveza

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All is revealed -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lateran_Treaty

http://talkzimbabwe.com/we-cannot-ban-mugabe-from-the-vatican-catholic-church/

The Lateran Treaty established a “diplomatic corridor” between the Vatican and the rest of the world.

When Sir D’Arcy Osborne was holed up in the Vatican for the duration of the Second World War, the Italians were obliged to allow him and his staff to travel across Italian territory to Switzerland in a sealed train, so that he could take a holiday, despite the fact that he was an enemy alien.

Likewise, personae non gratae in Italy have always had the right to pass through Italian territory in order to get to the Vatican – this includes members of the Savoy family, Italy’s former ruling house, who were banned from Italy by law, but who were perfectly entitled to fly into Rome and visit the Pope any time they wished (a privilege they never made use of.)

Incidentally, this convention applies to the United Nations as well. Hence Mugabe can fly into New York and Rome to get to the UN, and no one can do anything about it.
 

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1 Corinthians 15:33 said:
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

No problem for the Catholic Church though.
 

b@nD

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Lets hope Pope Francis comments on Zimbabwe
NOT likely

It is quite possible that Mugabe is ALSO a JESUIT

Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born near thein the Zvimba District northwest of Salisbury in Southern Rhodesia to a Malawian father Gabriel Matibili and a Shona mother Bona, both Roman Catholic. He was the third of six children. He had two older brothers, and one of them, Michael, was very popular in the village. Both his older brothers died when he was young, leaving Robert and his younger brother, Donato.[12] His father, a carpenter,[13] abandoned the Mugabe family in 1934 after Michael died, in search of work in Bulawayo.[14]

Mugabe was raised as a Roman Catholic, studying in Marist Brothers and Jesuit schools, including the exclusive Kutama College, headed by an Irish priest, Father Jerome O'Hea, who took him under his wing. Through his youth, Mugabe was never socially popular nor physically active and spent most of his time with the priests or his mother when he was not reading in the school's libraries. He was described as never playing with other children but enjoying his own company.[13] According to his brother Donato his only friends were his books.[15]
Read here --> Robert Mugabe

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Mugabe's recent attack on Catholic Bishops

Religion in Zimbabwe

NewsDay reports that Roman Catholic Father Fidelis Mukonori, SJ, President Robert Mugabe’s spiritual father, described engaging in hate speech as primitive.

Mukonori, President Mugabe’s long-time spiritual father, works for the Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa (CPIA), a regional peace organisation based in Harare.

NOW
This may sound strange ( apart from the fact that Mugabe appears as a complete hypocrite )
until
You realise that it is quite possible for the JESUITS to be in conflict with the other papal orders.
 

Hosehead

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In order for the Priests to fondle ole Bob, the hotel Chef would have to stir 30+ Viagra into his tea.
 

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Father Jerome O'Hea, who took him under his wing. Through his youth, Mugabe was never socially popular nor physically active and spent most of his time with the priests

well that could explain a lot
 
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