Zuma congratulates Pope Francis

2013-03-19 14:28

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma congratulated Pope Francis on Tuesday on his election as supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church.

"We would like to wish his holiness a long and blessed pontificate, to defend and promote the fundamental values of peace, solidarity and human dignity," Zuma said in a statement.

Zuma said Pope Francis assumed leadership at a critical time, when religious leaders had to face up to poverty and under-development around the world.

"We also share the conviction that we can only resolve the interconnected challenges of today's world through dialogue.

"I look forward to continuing our co-operation on issues of international importance, such as Africa and its development, and to strengthen the special relationship between South Africa and the Holy See."

Pope Francis was elected the new head of the Roman Catholic Church on 13 March after 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI stepped down last month, citing his declining health.

He became the first pope in more than 600 years to resign.

On Tuesday world leaders flew in for Pope Francis's inauguration mass in St Peter's Square, where he received the formal symbols of papal power.

  • Fly Onthewall - 2013-03-19 14:49

    Hold on, this special relationship between SA and the Holy See, has this got anything to do with the ANC ruling until Jesus comes???

      Fly Onthewall - 2013-03-19 14:51

      Maybe this is why Mad Bob has gone for a visit with the Pope... Also wants to rule for eternity...

      Terence Pattison - 2013-03-19 15:20

      He probably thinks "The Holy See" is the one parted by Moses!!

      ohbizz.chabata - 2013-03-19 16:21

      I couldn't read this article. I know for sure Jz can't use such big words...Pontificate? Fundamental? Holy See? No way! He would more likely say...ehm I like the smoke...the black one and the white one...maybe I can build it at see I am building my own Vatican there...but not for church hehehehehe only tendering and other related mutters!

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-03-19 20:33

      A rapist congratulating a pedophile protector with mad bob a guest what a trio...........................

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2013-10-28 16:01

      Hope Zuma takes a leaf out of Pope Benedict XVI book and STEP DOWN.

  • simone.kruger.961 - 2013-03-19 14:53

    A week late, he could have done it on Twitter...

      richard.laros.77 - 2013-03-19 15:07

      It took him that long to "google" all the words in his speech.

      jesibelle.krugger - 2013-03-19 18:46

      Twitter..? He thinks that is what a white person's dog does against a tree...

  • Terence Pattison - 2013-03-19 15:13

    I wonder if he thinks "The Holy See" is the one parted by Moses???

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2013-03-19 15:20

    If Pope Francis knew ANYTHING about this man, he'd tell him to stick his congratulations where the sun don't shine....

      Religion IsEvil - 2013-03-19 16:12

      Oh please, as if this pope is a saint, without any scandals from the past?

  • Cathy De Jongh - 2013-03-19 15:25

    Oh look, brown nosing in action

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-03-19 15:31

    You keep on congratulating other people doing great around the world, when will your turn be? People are waiting to congratulate you, when are you going to do great for your nation Mr Pres?

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-03-19 15:40

    Ill bet the Pope was thrilled!!!Especially with all your wives!

  • Michael John Anderson - 2013-03-19 15:47

    er, thanks Zuma, your comments have been noted. We still hold you in the highest contempt possible, and our viewpoint remains: get the @#$^% out you thieving bloody thug

      Roger De Almeida - 2013-03-19 16:16

      Your words inspire me. Zuma is a sadistic polygamist who uses the coming of Jesus as part of his war dance. Adultery and rape not to mention stealing from the poor to line his pockets are in contrast to the giving of alms to the poor. The audacity he displays in giving the Pope a pat on the back like a pet dog that jumped through hoops. This man is a joke and should be put on trial or at least recues himself on grounds of infidelity to all. Look at your people crying in the street. Our children look at their leaders for inspiration and while the Pope shows love and affection for all you show greed and lust. He played the Christian card so why not go to confession and ask the Pope to forgive you as your people never will. Dito for Mugabe

  • Michael - 2013-03-19 15:51

    At long, long last Pope Francis has arrived, his life's work has finally delivered the gem that has eluded him so frustratingly - Jacob Zumas approval... The Vatican's gonna rock tonight!!!

  • Tlou.debele - 2013-03-19 16:04

    Its a taboo to be Congratulated by don't deserve to congratulate him all,you better congratulate people like Mrs Phiyage as she's busy lying to the nation.

  • Brian O Cinneide - 2013-03-19 16:06

    I don't suppose that he told the Pope that he was coming to see him soon and bringing the wives and kids along for a blessing.

  • Religion IsEvil - 2013-03-19 16:10

    Makes sense, they both have disgusting, hypocritical views on homosexuality.

  • paulo.teixeira.39948 - 2013-03-19 16:14

    is Jacob back form his holiday?

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2013-03-19 16:28

    Note that Zuma did not request the pontiff to promote and defend the fundamental values of moral fibre, integrity and anti-corruption. I wonder why?

  • madmountain - 2013-03-19 16:32

    La, la, la, woteva !!

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-03-19 17:33

    Come on, look the other way, your spin doctor will never work Mr President. I honestly doubt your sincerity on this one. Political stunt, try again shame

  • Scaramouche - 2013-03-19 18:40

    I wonder if Zuzu wants the pope to consult him before making decisions,considering he thinks he is god in SA?

  • Phill Sarefa - 2013-03-19 19:01

    Are there not enough issues to talk about here at home, like the ANC councillor who raped a teenager. Mr Pres, get your priorities right.

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