Zimbabwe

Pope: Many in Zim have reached human limit

2014-06-03 10:53
Pope Francis. (Andrew Medichini, AP)

Pope Francis. (Andrew Medichini, AP)

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Mugabe shrugs off concerns over AU-West relations
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has shrugged off concerns that his appointment as new African Union chairman will harm relations between the pan-African bloc and the West.

Cape Town – Pope Francis has reportedly said he is aware that many Zimbabweans "have reached their human limit, and do not know where to turn" as the country continues to reel under economic hardships.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, addressing Zimbabwean bishops who are in Rome for their third ad limina, the pope said Zimbabwe's crisis was both "spiritual and moral".

The ad limina is a pilgrimage that Catholic bishops are required to make every five years to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul and to present to the pope a report on the status of their diocese.

Peace and unity

The pope urged the Zimbabwean bishops to help promote peace and unity in the southern African country and also praised them for giving "dramatic voice to all the struggling people of [the] country, especially to the downtrodden and the refugees" as the economic and political crisis peaked in 2007.

The pope made particular reference to the hard hitting 2007 pastoral letter in which local bishops lamented the suffering in the country. In the letter, the bishops blamed the suffering on, among other things, "bad governance and corruption", the report said.

President Robert Mugabe, a devout Catholic who never misses the major events at the Vatican, accepts no responsibility, insisting the country’s problems are due to sanctions imposed by the West.

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