John Paul II beatification heavenly: Mugabe

2011-05-02 17:39

Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Monday described the late pope John Paul II's beatification as "absolutely heavenly" after braving a European travel ban to attend the ceremony in Rome.

"It was fabulous, absolutely heavenly," Mugabe told journalists in Harare on his return from the Sunday ceremony at the Vatican.

"It was right that the spiritual honour be given to pope John Paul II."

However, the 87-year-old veteran leader lamented the barring of a senior state television journalist Reuben Barwe from travelling with the Zimbabwe delegation.

Barwe is among those banned under the EU travel embargo.

"I was surprised and shocked that on this holy trip a decision was made to bar one of our journalists, said Mugabe.

Mugabe, a Roman Catholic who has been widely condemned for human rights abuses, also attended John Paul II's funeral in 2005 despite the 2002 travel ban. That visit drew controversy, after Britain's Prince Charles shook hands with him.

Mugabe has been barred from travelling to the European Union for the last decade, under a ban imposed over concerns about vote rigging and human rights abuses.

The Vatican is a sovereign state that is not part of the European Union, although to attend the ceremony Mugabe had to transit through the Italian capital of Rome.

Travelling under United Nations auspices, Mugabe also came to Rome in 2008 for a summit of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-05-02 18:01

    This just show yet again how two faced the Europenas and CH is. They had another chance to do the right thing and arrest a dictator and mass murderer, but chose not to do so.

      Matt - 2011-05-02 19:37

      The world is one big game where the main players are the monarch of England. Next stage of the game is tagging us with chips. We closer than you think!!!

  • Stefanus - 2011-05-02 18:02

    Mugabe please die... we're looking for a reason to party like the Americans are partying today.

  • GHL - 2011-05-02 18:17

    Just because you were baptized a Catholic, does not mean you continue to be one. Some gravely immoral actions automatically excommunicates you. It's safe to say that Mugabe has excommunicated himself. That being said, no one is outside the grace of God, and the blood of Christ is for everyone who accepts it through faith. The move to invite Mugabe to the Vatican was made with this in mind.

      GHL - 2011-05-02 18:32

      Invented what?

      GHL - 2011-05-02 18:34

      Apologies, "invited". Yes they did, and with good reason. If anyone needs to repent of his sins, its Mugabe.

      Exzim - 2011-05-02 18:56

      Mugabe will never repent. He is a murderer, thief and rapist. He should have been arrested in Rome and hung by the balls!

      BigSpoon - 2011-05-02 19:50

      Repent...please give us a break...what will that do????

  • el_namibian - 2011-05-02 18:23

    legend, forever remembered as a freedom fighter and one who help us defeat apartheid

      Stefanus - 2011-05-02 19:00

      wow el namibian. If you consider Mugabe a legend your standards really aren't very high. The truth is he will be remembered as a dictator who destroyed the bread basket of Africa.

      el_namibian - 2011-05-02 19:25

      compare to apartheid, mugabe is 100 times beter than the apartheid scums who most never had the balls to apologise

      stuart.steedman - 2011-05-02 19:48

      @el_namibian, history will remember you as the same class of people as the Nazis who supported Hitler, the brownshirts who supported Mussolini, the Kremlin agents who supported Stalin and the deluded North Korean party members who support Kim Jong-Il. Unfortunately, history shows that there are always pockets of humanity who will support the vicious, the corrupt, the evil and the stupid. What does that say about you, el_namibian? You support a despot tin-pot dictator that devastated an entire country in the pursuit of corruption for his own personal wealth. Dictators are only as strong as the people who put them in power and worship them. Without ignorant sycophants such as yourself, they wouldn't be in a position to hurt anyone. So you can go right ahead and blame yourself for the murder, genocide, starvation and corruption in Zim. Give yourself a round of applause - you've earned it!

      BigSpoon - 2011-05-02 19:55

      @ el_namibian- I hope that you are being sarcastic, calling him a legend, saying that he fought apartheid and being better than the apartheid rulers. Maybe your knowledge is lacking in this department if not then you are extremely stupid!

      moiraine - 2011-05-02 20:04

      Another freedom fighter who became a dictator!

      el_namibian - 2011-05-02 20:16

      so much anger in the tunes at the praise of mugabe i call him legend for what he has done in the past and am referring to fighting for freedom and getting rid of apartheid can never take that away from him, as the present shows he messed with certain western imperialist and they punish the whole country NB: i grew up in zim and i regard it as my second home and yes I'm white and i had fought apartheid shocker yes !!! one freedom fighter to another he is a legend

      BigSpoon - 2011-05-02 20:24

      @ el_namibian- do you know that Mugabe backed the PAC and was against the ANC, do you know what their plans were for whites in the country??? I dont think that equates him to be a freedom fighter he just wanted another Apartheid here in SA as it is now in Zim. The facts are there its not a guess...

      stuart.steedman - 2011-05-02 20:25

      @el_namibian: irrespective of what he did for apartheid, it doesn't take away from the fact that you are still supporting one of the most violent, murderous, corrupt dictators this continent has ever seen. Should I support and cherish the memory of Hitler, because I love art, and before Hitler went all Holocaust on the world, he was a painter too? No. Both dictators will be remembered for the pain they inflicted on their own people and others. Do you want to be remembered as someone who supported such brutality?

      el_namibian - 2011-05-02 20:33

      he was a good freedom fighter but a lowsy president he could have done what Nujoma did and step aside and become a farmer its obvious as a president he a screwing up or his presence as president is not helping zim and thats the truth

      Stefanus - 2011-05-02 21:19

      El Namibian Mandela was also a freedom fighter. Why is he one of the most respected people in the world? And why is you legend one of the most hated? Oh and you're not the only white who fought against apartheid. You make it sound as if Mugabe is the reason apartheid came to an end. Wrong again. You really should read more. I urge you to start following the news - dictators are being exposed, humiliated and defeated one country at a time. And his time will come. You actually disgust me - you are a Zimbabwean, your country has gone to the dogs and you still admire your president. Just go back to Zim. You're a fool for sure.

      el_namibian - 2011-05-02 22:21

      ishh whatever happened to freedom of speech

      Kevin - 2011-05-02 22:47

      Stephanus forgot mention murdering 20 000 Ndebeles and authorising torture and political murders.

      stuart.steedman - 2011-05-02 23:20

      @el_namibian: you have freedom of speech, this is true. But I have freedom of speech to disagree with you. Which I am exercising right now, along the with the millions of other Zimbabweans and South Africans who are tired of corrupt millionaire despots who think only of enriching themselves. You sir, are an island of one. Only the disillusioned, illiterate and stupid would publicly support Mugabe. And you've done just that.

      el_namibian - 2011-05-02 23:34

      suprise most of you are are still in africa see that you cant embrace difference, whats wrong with you

  • Monica - 2011-05-02 18:50

    Yes Mr. Mugabe; I am sorry to say; but a lot of people will celebrate when you leave Zimbabwe!

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-03 08:27

      When he leave this earth...

  • FarmerBrown - 2011-05-02 19:43

    The roman catholic church should be treated as an enemy of the people. How dare they host this swine. They should be burned to the ground in support of all those who died.

      maceye - 2011-05-02 20:02

      Why don't you buy the farm, you evil little troll. The catholic does not support Mugabe, only hosted him based on a spiritual event, and not trying to make a political statement.

      FarmerBrown - 2011-05-02 20:57

      Dumb fool .. Mugabe was invited so he could part with some loot. The church motive was money ! Always has been always will be! Hypocrite. And you sir, if you claim to represent this devious organisation (RCC)wishing on my demise is very un christian like and probably a few hale Mary's are in order.

      Gatvol - 2011-05-05 06:22

      Just wondering why he was not arrested?? The Italian authorities knew well in advance he will be passing through Rome.

  • Stephen - 2011-05-02 20:02

    Now i know the Catholic CHURCH CARES F%$K all about the suffering of people. They let the DEVIL into the Vatican..Shame on you.

  • Africa007 - 2011-05-02 20:03

    When will an elite special forces team remove Mugabe?

      Nico - 2011-05-03 18:31

      Elite special forces don't act on their own initiative. The command to act comes usually from quite high up in the government. As you can see many governments just love Mugabe and would never command their elite special forces to get him.

      Gatvol - 2011-05-05 06:24

      Especially Zuma. He's a big fan

  • MagdaKus - 2011-05-02 20:25

    Why doesn't have a current article ont he beatification aside from what Robert Mugabe thinks of it? For Pete's sake!

  • onetickie - 2011-05-02 20:34

    What does this "black Hitler" know about beautification????? I'm appalled/shocked to have read that he was allowed entry into any place in Europe! Shame on Rome for inviting this murderous violent heathen. And so much for this little hitler wanting to be part & parcel of anything Western. Pity the rest of those present didn't boycott this event because of the "little black hitler". And thankfully I'm not a Catholic!

      See-More - 2011-05-05 00:03

      Unfortunately, I was cattletick - tossers! Amazing that the Europeans are still able to look after their own security, they can't even enact their own travel embargoes on well known and very present Dictators (I mean 747 size presence)! Whenever Mugabe is in public, everyone should stop and turn there back to him - treat him like a dog, wherever he goes - murderer!

  • onetickie - 2011-05-02 20:39

    In his doddery old age he has also obviously become more skitsophrenic.

  • Wollie - 2011-05-02 20:52

    How sad did this world become. Mugabe attending this event pretending the a man of God while all those bad things is playing out in Zim.

  • Kevin - 2011-05-02 22:52

    The Vatican obviously didn't see reports of Mugabe's vitriolic anti catholic (and any other western religion) speech for being racist. (Run by white men).

      See-More - 2011-05-05 00:10

      Don't worry Kevin, they did. They just think that they can change the man, if they keep him on sides. Also, it doesn't give him any genuine ammo to provide proof of their racism if they acquiesce! Just like Chamberlain and Hitler! Who'll win? The thieving, murderous bastard, every time!

  • Auds - 2011-05-03 04:45

    Like the NG Kerk and some happy clappies destroyed South Africa with there apartheid policies which they then supported and still do there was one that just openly admitted it,if they are God fearing people why do they still believe in segregation and that they are the chosen race,so there is no difference between you guy's and Mugabe he also believes he is the chosen one,well he acts as though he is.As we all know there was also mass murder not just physically but mentally too under apartheid so when you point a finger there is one pointing back at you too.

      Nico - 2011-05-03 18:36

      The NG Kerk and Happy Clappies (usually a term used for charismatics) destroyed SA with there (sic) apartheid policies? I never knew that there was a political party called the 'NG Kerk' or 'Happy Clappies' governing SA prior to 1994 which could enforce any policies.

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  • GerryC - 2011-05-03 13:35

    A sick puppy visiting a sick church that honoured a sick man that has done nothing and will do nothing about the child abuse it has condoned and covered up for years. Time to burn the lot from the Vatican to people like Mugabe and any other misfit deranged enough to support this so called religion.

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