South Africa Holds Funeral For Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

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The Archbishop of South Africa and human rights activist; passed away at age 90 on December 26, 2021. Globally known for ending South Africa’s apartheid regime of racial oppression and advocating the rights of LBGTQ; Emeritus Desmond Tutu fought tirelessly against injustice of minorities in South Africa from 1948-1991. So much so that he and his wife resigned from their careers to fight for the injustices of women and Black people; inciting the Bantu Education Act of 1953. Nonetheless, an ambassador for women’s right, Archbishop of Cape Town in 1992; ordained two of the first five  women to become Anglican priests in South Africa. 

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The Cathedral Is Held Sacred During Times Like These

Since the day of his death, December 26, his family performed a customary tradition of letting his body rest for a few days at Cape’s Town Anglican Cathedral. And then Saturday, January 1, which is also New Years’s Day; a Mass will be held as a Special Funeral Category 1.

“So this is his cathedral and he embraced it as such. Throughout his term, and beyond into his retirement years until about six years ago; if not four years ago, he would, every Friday with rare exception, preside and celebrate at the 0715 Eucharist on a Friday morning. It is a place that is is richly imbued with his presence”, added Father Michael Weeder.

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How Did Archbishop Tutu Die

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The love focused moral giant was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and has recently been hospitalized on several occasions; because of infections associated with his treatment. His relatives confirmed his peacful death in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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“It has been a day that has been anticipated, the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu. It has been anticipated for about six years and there was what the Archbishop Thabo (Thabo Makgoba, archbishop of Cape Town) called the ‘Mpilo Plan’. So all the logistics that would lead up to what now would happen on Saturday”, said the Dean.

“The passing of archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell; to a generation of outstanding South Africans. Whom have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa. “From the pavements of resistance in South Africa to the pulpits of the world’s great cathedrals and places of worship, and the prestigious setting of the Nobel peace prize ceremony; the Arch distinguished himself as a non-sectarian, inclusive champion of universal human rights.”

South Africa’s Archbishop Was Well Loved By Many

Many South African’s describe Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest friends, as the country’s moral conscience. He and Nelson Mandela were close friends. Because on December 9, 2013, Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave the keynote speech at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Additionally, in 1984, Tutu was awarded the Nobel prize for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system. Since the news of his death, social media has shown big love and adoration for the South African icon by posting tributes in his honor.

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