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Pope Francis criticised for greeting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

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  1. Liam the God 20 Mar 2013, 2:19pm

    “Pope Greets Bigot Non Shock!”
    It’s not taken long for pope Frankie’s intent to become clear, has it?

    1. nixiotemba 20 Mar 2013, 4:00pm

      it always was, surely

    2. Or “Bigot greets Mugabe”

      Or “Bigot greets bigot”

  2. One evil man greets another evil man!

  3. OOoops! And they were trying sooo hard to sell the pope as a new St Francis – telling everyone to be nice to the poor and little animals – and then they do this?! Really, what were those papal PR guys thinking? Having an off day?

  4. Francis does not know an eggshell when he sees one.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Mar 2013, 2:45pm

    Why are we surprised? Didn’t fascist anti-gay dictator Mussolini sign a concordat and treaty with the Roman Catholic cult under the Lateran Pact in which the Vatican was granted independent statehood and placed under Church law—rather than Italian law—and the Catholic religion was recognized as Italy’s state religion? Interestingly, it regained authority over marriage, most marriages were civil prior to that. Clergy received subsidies from the state, and the cult was exempted from taxation. Pope Pius XI praised Mussolini, and the official Catholic newspaper at the time pronounced “Italy had been given back to God.” Pope Francis is a sheep in wolf’s clothing and an avid homophobe who echoe’s Mugabe’s vile statements.

    Pope Francis is not much better.

  6. Italy should have let him in, but then used the opportunity to refused him passage to leave the Vatican. Making him a prisoner in all but name.

  7. I was disgusted to see that Mugabe flouted the EU ban on travel with impunity to get to the Vatican. Shame on the Italians for allowing him to do that.

    1. GingerlyColors 20 Mar 2013, 3:43pm

      The EU travel ban on Robert Mugabe does not extend to non-EU countries which includes the Vatican which is a sovereign state. The EU travel ban also does not ban Robert Mugabe from transiting through an EU country to access a non-EU country. As the Vatican does not have an airport or even room for one, Mugabe would have to fly in to an Italian airport before travelling to the Vatican. It is a loophole that needs to be closed.

      1. Just allow the guy to land only at Vatican Airport, yet to be build, or parachute from a plan when in Vatican air-space.

    2. ‘flouted’ is the word, both for Mugabe and for Francis.

  8. Garry Cassell 20 Mar 2013, 3:06pm

    Why is anyone surprised by this?? Pope whoever is just a figurehead of a corrupt biggoted organization that is totally consumed with maintaining power…how they do that really doesn’t matter…

  9. One moral justification for inviting Mugabe to the Vatican would be if it was part of a plan to oust him while he was away from home…..It doesn’t look like that was the case….Not exactly surprising given his pedigree and history:

    1. Michael Kelly 20 Mar 2013, 3:38pm


    2. Michael Kelly 20 Mar 2013, 3:51pm

      Look I agree completely with Peter Tatchell that Mugabe should never have been allowed into Italy, let alone take part in the new pope’s inaugural mass. Still let’s also notice that the very first head of state Pope Francis welcomed – and who he spontaneously invited to stay for lunch – was the president of Argentina. She is an outspoken supporter of gay marriage and publicly rebuked then Cardinal Bergoglio a couple of years ago for his anti-gay marriage statements. Argentina now has same sex marriage. This was the very first head of state welcomed to the Vatican by the new pope. Interesting how readily this has been passed over by most gay commentators. Lets not rush to see enemies everywhere – Mugabe got no personal lunch invitation. He was not feted – according to the Vatican spokesperson he had no special invitation. The same-sex marriage promoting president of Argentina however was very publicly and personally welcomed. Are we taking any notice ? Could this be a hopeful sign ?

      1. Liam the God 20 Mar 2013, 4:15pm

        The Argentinian President also asked Frankie to intervene with Britain on the subject of the Falkland Islands, so I doubt Church Homophobia was even discussed.

      2. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Mar 2013, 4:19pm

        No, Michael, not a hopeful sign. He considers civil unions and equal marriage evil. Expect NOTHING from this one, he’s a conservative of the Ratzinger ilk and so are 95 of the 115 college of cardinals.

        1. He is also on record as saying that the children adopted by samesex parents are deprived a normal childhood, thus samesex parenting is child abuse.

          No, I’m not making it up, Google it.

          1. The Catholic Church knows all about child abuse. It’s the biggest paedophile ring on earth.

  10. Dogs do like to attack in packs.

  11. News Alert!! A vile and dangerous 89 year old Silverback gorilla wearing a suit and glasses was spotted in the Vatican City. Apparently, it’s related to a younger, dumber but equally dangerous American chimpanzee cousin called George (W. Bush)!

  12. This is outrageous and now we know which way this pope intends to go ……as if we didn’t already!

  13. barriejohn 20 Mar 2013, 5:25pm

    Don’t be too hard on him: he’s new in the job. He probably didn’t realize who it was.

    (Irony, BTW, in case anyone misses that again!)

  14. I wouldn’t be surprised if Francis has plans to give Mugabe a sainthood for his services against the gay community. The Vatican & Zimbabwe = Axis of Evil.

  15. No invitations were made but all world leaders were “welcome” in the spirit of Christian hospitality to this Installation Mass. Similar to God’s hospitality, I think all should be welcome to Mass. Your article suggests it’s ok to exclude people from Mass based on how a person acts and what they believe. I think that Mass is the one place where all are welcome – it is never too late to await conversion through God. Mugabe should be charged with crimes against humanity but this is a challenge the Hague must take up. Asking the Church to be exclusive is incorrect.

    1. Liam the God 20 Mar 2013, 8:49pm

      Would a Gay Couple would be welcome at a Catholic Mass? I don’t think so. THEY have made the exclusions, and those excluded do NOT seem to be homophobic dictators and murderers!

      1. “Would a Gay Couple would be welcome at a Catholic Mass?”

        Answer: YES

        “I don’t think so.”

        Response: How would you know? No-one is excluded from attending Mass. The Church exists for all.

        1. If Roman Catholic is a church that reads the bible and understands why Sodom and Gomorah cities were destroyed by God, then it won’t allow gay couples in its church.

          1. Well here we go again… that’s right, just drag out the Sodom and Gomorah story…

            Sodom and Gomorah had nothing to do with being gay.

            Sodom and Gomorah was destroyed because it’s citizens became very greedy and broke the laws of hospitality…

            It was destroyed through greed and not sexuality…

  16. Kay Arnold 20 Mar 2013, 9:26pm

    Two Peas In A Pod they both hate LGBTs so why shouldn’t they be buds? You were expecting ????? Something else????

  17. Like the Vatican’s licking the boots of Hitler and the Nazis in WW2 this action is a huge stain on Catholic decency.

    1. It depends on whether Comrade R. G. Mugabe is your president. Why are you so concerned about Zimbabwe and its people. Focus on your country’s problems and stop worrying about us. So, you mean, in your country there is no human rights abuse??? You must be crazy if you think so.

    2. Liam the God 21 Mar 2013, 11:15am

      Isn’t “Catholic Decency” an oxymoron, given the child abuse, corruption, and dodgy deals they make?

  18. Let that pig Thatchell leave our president alone. Let him focus on the woes of his country. We will never allow “mabasa etsvina, kusvira vamwe kuhoro”. Even dogs won’t do such a thing, ptu

    1. Thank you for taking the time to come onto a gay website to share your intelligent and (clearly) well-considered thoughts.

      BTW, Tatchell is a saint.

      1. Liam the God 21 Mar 2013, 2:08pm

        SHH!! Don’t feed the Troll! It has the IQ of a dogs arse and the likeability of a syphilis scab!

        1. anyone who advocates for gays,to hell with you!you are sons and daughters of are worse than dogs are a chunk of evil.bastard!

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