Mugabe dodges EU travel ban to slip into Vatican for papal inauguration
2013 03 18

From: Independent


Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe slipped into Italy today for the inauguration of Pope Francis and officials went to some lengths to play down the technical infringement of a European Union travel ban on Africa’s oldest leader.

Mugabe, who has been under the ban since 2002 because of allegations of vote rigging and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, was whisked straight from his plane to Rome airport terminal in a black van, together with his wife, Grace, and bodyguards.

Although the airport is on Italian territory, the 89-year-old president was met by a priest who said: "On behalf of Pope Francis, welcome to the Vatican, welcome to the Holy See." He was then taken to a hotel on the famous Via Veneto.

The Vatican says it did not issue invitations for the inauguration tomorrow of Pope Francis - Latin America’s first pontiff - who was elected by a secret conclave last Wednesday. But representatives of world governments are welcome to attend.

"The Holy See informs everyone that this event is taking place. There are no invitations. There are no privileges and no one is refused. While one country may have problems with someone else, we invite no one. This must be made clear," a Vatican spokesman said.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to cram St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets for a mass on Tuesday to formally install Francis as the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

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Read the full article at: independent.ie



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