Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Rome for John Paul II's beatification
Bishop James Harvey welcomes Robert Mugabe before the funeral of Pope John Paul II on April 8, 2005.
April 30th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Rome for John Paul II's beatification

From Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Rome for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, airport officials said Saturday, despite his EU-wide travel ban for alleged human rights abuses.

The Vatican did not personally invite Mugabe to the Sunday event, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press office.

But a diplomatic relationship exists between Zimbabwe and the Vatican, a sovereign state that is not a member of the European Union.

Read the full story about Mugabe's visit

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope John Paul II • Vatican • Zimbabwe

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  1. Alec Vella

    I served in the Rhodesian army during the war in then Rhodesia and saw how on a number of occasions the Catholic Church were very much in support of Mugabe and the so called freedom fighters.All these years later they still dont have the courage to admit they were wrong in their support of a very evil man.If the Vatican had asked the Italian government to refuse Mugabe landing rights in Italy they would have at least done something honourable. I am a Catholic and live my life in accordance with Christs principles but unlike the Head Office of the church I am devout in my beliefs and I am not a hypocrite.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Stanley Roper

      Na shame man, give Bob a chance for he knows not what he's done, FOR THE LAST 30 Years!!!!!

      May 20, 2011 at 4:17 am |
    • cheryl coles

      Hello Alec,
      How are you?. Im living in New Zealand now. Remember me, I worked for you at willards foods.
      Please send me an email
      regards, cheryl

      March 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Adelina

    The Church's benevolence extends to worst sinners including Mugabe and DetDan...

    May 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Adelina.. your church takes anyone who has money to spend with them..

      May 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  3. DetDan

    Another murderer pays his respect to the head murderer/molester. How quaint.

    May 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  4. John Richardson

    Mugabe, former hero of the left, noted anti-colonialist, ardent wealth redistributionist, but like so many before him, a leader who lost all of his supposedly egalitarian instincts when it came to holding and keeping massively unilateral political power. People mocked Bishop Muzarewa and others involved in the so-called "internal solution" in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and hailed Mugabe and Nkomo as the real deal re post-white-rule revolution. Well, Mugabe was the real deal alright, banishing Nkomo and banishing or imprisoning or killing so many others who struggled against the white overlords every bit as much as he ever did and thoroughly trashing the economy. When evaluating political leaders, it matters less what the were most famously against than what they were ultimately really for. Mugabe was against all the right things, but Mugabe was for only Mugabe. He's not in Rome to confess sins. He's there to parade around as a head of state in one of the few major political events (which is surely what this beatification is) that will for whatever reason tolerate his grim and grisly presence.

    May 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  5. T-party

    Weird how being agnostic ,studying Geology,and other natural sciences gives me more understanding to life,God and dealing with death more than any religion I have ever encountered...

    May 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Adelina

      T-party, your study is incomplete and that's why you are staying as a stupid agnostic. If you completed your study, you'd have become Christian, honoring logic, acknowledging God fully as His Word says.

      May 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Adelina.. You are also an atheist.. I bet you think that Thor is not real don't you.. but he is.. remember he has a hammer..

      May 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  6. CatholicMom

    Anyone can seek the Mercy of God through His Church.

    May 1, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • T-party

      @ Catholicmom, heading with wife and kids to mass soon.Kids are going to C.C.E. I am agnostic my family is catholic. many problems with priets here in clear Lake Houston area. I only wish religious folks practiced what they preach more often.

      May 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Adelina

      T-party, you gave up too early, too easily. Don't let failed humans interfere your relationship with your Creator God and Savior Jesus. There are many servants of God who practice what they preach. If Christian Church was founded on lies, she would not have survived for 2,000 years all over the world under such heaviest persecutions everywhere. On the contrary, she continued to thrive, teaching and living God's Truth and educating and rescuing everyone on her path. The only true religion with the Divine Savior for the entire planet.

      May 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  7. Adelina

    The Church accepts sinners' presence. I hope Mugabe will repent. Maybe his last chance.

    May 1, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • myklds

      Adelina..Church can neither refuse nor reject anybody's presence. All we can do is to hope that Mugabe comes with a sincere purpose and not with political agenda and selfish motives.

      May 1, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • Adelina

      @M-, that's what I mean. The Church may be hoping for a conversion miracle.

      May 1, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • Todd

      Mugabe: Oops, sorry about the whole, murdering my own citizens, destroying my economy, using donated food as leverage, destroying my country thing. My bad. But hey... Bud light?

      Please tell me you are joking. Please tell me you are not that damningly gullible.

      May 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Adelina

      Todd, truely repentant sinners transform the former lifestyles and live the new life in penance, though sin is forgiven completely only based on Jesus' atonement. Tyrants sure commit hideous evil, but we commoners are just as guilty by doing nothing, looking away, when we could have helped more. We are all same sinners who need God's grace.

      May 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
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