I heard a commentator on the radio yesterday say that the Vatican usually takes six years just to open its mail, and the beatification of Pope John Paul II only six years after his death is extraordinary.
The unresolved child abuse scandals continue to haunt his tenure, and that of Pope Benedict, but the Church will has its own ways that the World can’t understand.
The Church has adherents all over the world, including many in high office…
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Rome for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.
An EU travel ban forbids him from visiting member states but the Vatican, where the ceremony will take place, is a sovereign state and not in the EU.
Mr Mugabe, a Roman Catholic, has been allowed to transit through Italy.
Despite the travel ban, Mr Mugabe went to Rome for the funeral of John Paul II in 2005 and for UN food agency conferences in 2008 and 2009.
The sanction on Mr Mugabe was imposed in 2002 over human rights abuses.
If Robert Mugabe has a change of heart, and returns to Zimbabwe with a commitment to reform and democracy, I’ll call that a miracle.