#mugabe leaves for Vatican City | The Herald

via President leaves for Vatican City | The Herald April 26, 2014 by Mabasa Sasa

Bob off to Vatican City

President Mugabe yesterday left for Vatican City for tomorrow’s canonisation of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) and Karol Jozef Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) by Pope Francis.
A devout Roman Catholic, President Mugabe will join a reported 40-plus other leaders at the ceremony in St Peter’s Square.

This will be the first time in the church’s history that two popes will be canonised on the same day.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been flocking to Rome since the Easter Holiday.

A Vatican spokesman has estimated that St Peter’s Square and the avenue leading into it can hold about 250 000 people. The Easter Sunday congregation this year was put at 150 000.

Local media say there will not be much glitz and glamour for the April 27 ceremony, in line with Pope Francis’ reputed “no-frills” approach.

Vicar of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini told the media that some churches would remain open overnight on the eve of the canonisation “to provide a spiritual retreat for pilgrims”.

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino added that they would “distribute almost four million plastic bottles of water to the crowds”, and would deploy 2 000 police officers and 2 500 civil protection department volunteers.

Medical teams will staff 13 first aid stations and 1 000 chemical toilets have been set up near Vatican City and key tourist areas.

Subway lines and buses will run nonstop, and 17 big public viewing screens have been set up throughout the city.

Despite the US$11 million cost of the ceremony, all attention is on the two men who will be canonised by the world’s largest Christian congregation. Pope John Paul II’s canonisation is the quickest ascension to Catholic sainthood, and one of the fastest in the Church’s history.

He died in 2005.

When Pope Francis canonises him, he will also be canonising a man who was beatified by John Paul II, Pope John XXIII, who died in 1963. The quickest canonisation was that of St Anthony of Padua, who died in 1231 and was elevated to sainthood 11 months later.

Normally, the church first certifies one miracle for beatification and then a second one for canonisation, with the process often starting at least five years after death.

The church attributes two miracles to Pope John Paul II: curing a French nun with Parkinson’s disease and healing a Costa Rican woman with a brain aneurysm.

As such, Pope Paul II is being elevated to sainthood seven years after his death. The fastest canonisation in modern times was the 28-year wait for Saint Teresa of Lisieux.

Pope John XXIII’s canonisation has also been facilitated by waivers. The Catholic Church attributes one miracle to him but Pope Francis made an exception.

John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, leading to local languages — rather than strictly Latin — being used for mass.

Considerations for Catholic sainthood are the cardinal virtues of justice, prudence, temperance, and courage and the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.

Some observers have read a tactical move by Pope Francis in canonising the two on the same day.

John XXIII is viewed as a leftist for his reforms, while John Paul II is considered a conservative who opposed abortion, which he called a “culture of death”.

Honouring the two concurrently, it has been said, will avoid any major schisms in the church.

The canonisations are, naturally, without controversy, particularly within the context of the paedophilia scandal that has rocked the church.

John Paul II is accused of ignoring — or more gravely, covering up — the abuse of boys by church leaders.

On Wednesday, vandals splashed paint on a stone memorial commemorating John Paul II in his home region of southern Poland.

This week, Associated Press published excerpts from 212 Vatican documents from the book “The Will to Not Know”, which show senior Vatican officials knew of the sexual and drug abuses back in 1948.

“In a sense, (Pope) Francis inherited the sainthood cause of John Paul II. For most Catholics, his canonisation was a foregone conclusion and is not going to be seen as a Pope Francis initiative,” AFP quoted John Thavis, author of “The Vatican Diaries”, said.

“In fact, had Francis intervened to delay or stop the canonisation because of criticism of John Paul’s record on sex abuse, it would have been seen by many as unforgivable meddling and an undoing of John Paul’s legacy.”

There has been some tragedy too, surrounding the canonisation.

On Wednesday, a 21-year-old Italian man died when a 30 metre wooden crucifix honouring John Paul II fell on him at a celebration ahead of Sunday’s ceremony.


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41 comments on “#mugabe leaves for Vatican City | The Herald
  1. ZimJim says:


    1. Thou shall not kill.

    Ring a bell, Bob?

    How many counts against you on that little technicality?

    I’m not talking about war here, I’m talking about genocide.

    “Da Pope ain’t gonna save YOUR sorry ass”!

    p.s. Apo, “You are BUSTED”!

    • Senzachena says:

      Jim are you saying that you have identified Apolitical, if so please let us know who he/she is. Time is fast approaching where we will be in a position to take the required action against all the Zanu trash. I will enjoy seeing this piece of rubbish get what he deserves.

      • apolitical says:

        @Senzachena What I deserve and all those promoting peace is aedal for attacking the propaganda liars. Thanks forv your recommendation.

    • apolitical says:

      Its all about EVIDENCE.
      if there were any it would be with the International Criminal Court. – There is non!!
      We can keep chanting propaganda but all that does is to prove you are a criminal – what is needed is to lock people like you up, bring you to court and say prove it or go to jail.
      I wont visit you inside.

      • NBS says:

        Apol please just keep quiet. You are a disgrace to your suffering fellow Zimbabweans. But because you are still one of us we care about you and pray the scales will fall from your blind eyes.

        • apolitical says:

          @ NBS at least I have something to say that’s not political unlike you who make propagsnda statements without fact or evidence.
          The one who is blind invents things when he knows nothing like NBS

          • NBS says:

            Been a Zimbabwean for quite a few decades; born and bred. I know what I have seen. And thanks Apol. I love you too. Truth be known I echo my Lord’s words and take no pleasure in the death of the wicked. There would be no one happier than me to see repentance. By the way Apol what exactly is the church? And what exactly is a Christian in your eyes? I wonder if you know? leaving an organisation does not change what Christ has done in a persons heart.

          • NBS says:

            I see you know what size shoes I wear and what brand of tooth paste I use. But nevertheless I care a deal about you. You have a right to differ but we just want you to wake up: that’s all.

        • Kevin Watson says:

          The ICC only acts against those who have had charges laid against them. Nobody gives a damn about Zimbabwe, its long suffering people or Mugabe. If you read the international press he is thought of as a “rent a dictator” arriving where he is not wanted because of a nefarious claim to diplomatic immunity.

      • Doris says:

        Actually there is plenty of evidence in The Hague already. And that’s a fact.

        • apolitical says:

          @Doris EVIDENCE is fact not your imagination.
          At the Hague when evidence is presented and it is found to be authentic evidence it is handed over to investigations and given a reference number which you don’t have because there is yet to be authentic evidence produced – a similar situation to the last election a lot of noise but not one bit of authentic evidence was produced when given the opportunity.
          I repeat the only case at the Hague is against Zimbabwe lawyers and the Law Society which has a reference number.OIP-CR-42713 The current head of investigations and evidence unit is M.P.Dillon
          Now lets see how much of a liar Doris is, lets have a reference number

      • ZimJim says:

        Apo, or should I call you “Junior”?

        You are evidently a slow learner, and wouldn’t last 5 minutes “inside”.

        Got any A-Levels?

        • apolitical says:

          being able to memorise what some misinformed journalist said doesn’t make you educated.
          It were better you refrained from commenting until you finish school.

  2. zeezee says:

    2. Thou shalt not steal!

    Bob needs reminding about how many millions he has stolen out of Zim coffers.

    • The catholic church might as well perform miracles with bobs eyes. It would appear the far east have totaly failed in that regard. His eye now resemble a dying old donkey. Poor Robert. Your passing will be the most painful my friend. Suicide would be a brave attempt. Or maybe enlist yourself at the dignitors clinic if not comfortable with taking your own life.

    • apolitical says:

      @Zee zee. Thou shall not bear false witness – did you see anything no then it is you that need forgiveness!

  3. John Thomas says:

    In all of its history, as now, the Catholic Church has been a center of corruption and abuse of power. Mugabe is well at home in this congregation.

    • apolitical says:

      @little John Thomas. In all history there has never been such an irresponsible unchristian lot who slated someone for attending church, erroneously thinking they are Christians and quoting commandments they clearly don’t understand, acting like Satan.
      In the end god makes judgments not them, fortunately, and I wouldn’t like to be in their shoes, trying to invent evidence.
      It is good the President attends church, but the lot commenting here wouldn’t understand that it being beyond their comprehension.

  4. Chidumbu says:

    Why does he want to go somewhere where there are always scandals about homosexual priests and kiddy fidlers? Something two faced about this or are they off on another shopping spree

  5. Robert is off to see the Pope to attempt to negotiate his way into Catholic heaven – to get a front seat he will be asked to hand over many millions of proper dollars – he will be offered a place in heaven and all his sins will be extinguished by his church.Robert will come home and look forward to the next stage of his life. QED.

  6. NBS says:

    What a hypocrite. But then as an ex catholic I have to say that the Vatican is not exactly Christ like either. I am disgusted. No wonder Jesus turned over Jersualem and wept.

  7. NBS says:

    You can say your rosary a hundred times a day. It will not save you. Only Christ saves through repentance of which the church has little understanding. I weep. Where s the true church. Where in the word of God did anyone get canonised? maybe Bob thinks he has a chance. He needs to wash all that blood off his hands. Eish! This is painful!

    • apolitical says:

      @NBS Maybe the devil might brai you, trying to get you to prove the things you say. You will certainly get your just deserts, for the things you say about others when you have no character yourself.

      • Smart Talk says:

        Iwe shamwari iwe I think you just support what Bob does even kunyangwe zvisina sense. May you tell me kuti does Bob go to church every sunday or he just wants to fly to Europe to go and squander the taxi payers money. Pane zvimwe zvinongodawo kushandisa pfungwa. Handifungi kuti nyika dziri kutambura seZim dzingasweroda kuti mari itambiswe munhu achiswero fambira nezvino zvekuti you can watch paTV wo saver mari yakawanda. Shuwa tinonyadzisa zvikuru vana veZimbabwe. Dai mari iyoyi makaiendesa kuTokwe Mukosi maitadza kuraramisa a few here. When vanhu vakati mukuru wenyika is a DICTATOR moramba, and he is very SELFISH. Umuudze izvozvo akadzoka. Munhu anotambira $4000.00 anoda kufamba zvakadaro. How much has been committed to this trip, if you can tell me.

  8. Petal says:

    Hope the New Pope will have a few words with him unlike his predecessors…… and after words Bob will shop and drop ….like the pharisees!!!

    • roving ambassador. says:

      the thieves will keep trying to hide behind the church. they will hide behind wizardry. they will try anything to woodwind the people.
      Wake up Zimbabwe ,its all smoke and mirrors.
      Its shopping time for Grace.

  9. Petal says:

    Bob is trying to make like is good when he has broken most of the commandments!!!!! and No Frills at the Vatican !!!? bet ya Bob will not be impressed as he loves the Frills, Glitz and Glamour!!??

  10. Mlimo says:

    Just defaulted on a 8 billion loan but mugabe is off to spend some more

  11. Doris says:

    Sign of the times – only one pro Bob commenting on this article! What does that tell you?

    • apolitical says:

      @Doris it tells us that there is not a lot of honesty and Christianity in Zimbabwe.
      You have proven to us all you are dishonest already with the lies you wrote without proof.

  12. Tanonoka Joseph Whande says:

    Mugabe “a devout Roman Catholic”? You are mad. Or are you saying history is the present?
    He just wants to take that gold digger of his to buy more hats and shoes after last month’s embarrassment. Devout Catholics don’t kill and starve people to death. They don’t spend millions of people’s money on birthdays and weddings.
    DEvout Catholics sent this idiot to school and took care of his family. Being a Catholic myself, I am embarrassed by this insult from my church leaders, just as I was when they presided over a marriage of a stolen bride. Devout Catholic, my foot!!!!

  13. NBS says:

    God will not be mocked. The Vatican with all its power and riches and Bob with his rosary do Not fool a holy and just God.

  14. Zambuko says:

    “Considerations for Catholic sainthood are the cardinal virtues of justice, prudence, temperance, and courage and the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.”

    Set aside the theological virtues as not being appropriate for an African Head of State, I wonder what HE would score on the cardinal virtues? Should they apply?

  15. furedi says:

    Ko mapositori hauchaada. Gemenzi ravo wakadzosa here.

  16. Wezaka says:

    The old man doesn’t know what he is anymore. Before the elections he was in Marange neMapositori ane garment ne tsvimbo. He was happy to be Madzibaba Robert. After that he was busy flirting nema Zion kwa Mutendi ku Mbungo in Masvingo. Now he remembers he is Catholic just because there are shopping opportunities with this trip. Why don’t we hear of him at some Catholic church here in Zim? The last I remember was when a catholic priest presided over his wedding. So much for an opportunist and prostitute. A tale of 2 idiots. Catholics should shun them. He seriously needs to have his head examined when he makes one of his trips to a Malaysian hospital.

  17. ZimJim says:


    I know who you are.

    Have a think about that…..

  18. DubboZimbo says:

    Hopefully TIM will get flattened by a falling cross. Pity about the other guy.

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