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The Arch’s ashes interred at the cathedral

The Arch’s ashes interred at the cathedral

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER ARCHBISHOP Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s ashes have been interred at the altar at St George Cathedral in Cape Town, at a private service attended by his widow Leah and the family. Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba interred the ashes in the front of the high altar. He was assisted by Dean of the Cathedral Michael Weeder and Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. At the short service, Archbishop Makgoba called on South Africans to be inspired by Tutu’s legacy and live as simply as he did.  Makgoba called for end to inequality…
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S.Africans intrigued by Desmond Tutu’s choice of aquamation

S.Africans intrigued by Desmond Tutu’s choice of aquamation

ANTI-APARTHEID hero Desmond Tutu's choice of aquamation over cremation or traditional burial came as a surprise to some South Africans, while others were impressed by this environmentally conscious move. By opting for aquamation Tutu, who died on December 26 aged 90, joined a growing "green burial" movement centred around the use of biodegradable materials and natural decomposition. In aquamation, the body is submerged in an alkaline solution in a metal chamber and heated until it dissolves. This leaves only the bones which are baked and ground to a powder to be returned to the family. "You're supposed to go in…
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“The Arch” Tutu in his own words

“The Arch” Tutu in his own words

IN his lifetime, Archbishop Tutu delivered many speeches before audiences that ranged from kings, queens, heads of state to ordinary people fighting for just causes. In celebration of his life and legacy, The African Mirror republishes one of his seminal speeches, the 2004 Nelson Mandela lecture. ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND TUTU WHAT a great honour to have been invited to give this year’s Nelson Mandela Lecture following on the inaugural lecture by President Bill Clinton. I must make a confession, I really am a snob. I make out that I am modest but in fact I am an inveterate name-dropper –…
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu: father of South Africa’s ‘rainbow nation’

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: father of South Africa’s ‘rainbow nation’

ARCHBISHOP Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu has died at the age of 90. Archbishop Tutu earned the respect and love of millions of South Africans and the world. He carved out a permanent place in their hearts and minds, becoming known affectionately as “The Arch”. When South Africans woke up on the morning of 7 April 2017 to protest against then-President Jacob Zuma’s removal of the respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Archbishop Tutu left his Hermanus retirement home to join the protests. He was 86 years old at the time, and his health was frail. But protest was in his blood. In his view, no government…
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OBITUARY: South Africa’s Tutu – anti-apartheid hero who never stopped fighting for “Rainbow Nation”

OBITUARY: South Africa’s Tutu – anti-apartheid hero who never stopped fighting for “Rainbow Nation”

DESMOND Tutu described voting in South Africa's first democratic election in 1994, a remark that captured both his puckish humour and his profound emotions after decades fighting apartheid. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the Nobel Peace laureate whose moral might permeated South African society during apartheid's darkest hours and into the unchartered territory of new democracy, died on Sunday. He was 90. The outspoken Tutu was considered the nation's conscience by both Black and white, an enduring testament to his faith and spirit of reconciliation in a divided nation. He preached against the tyranny of white minority and even after its end, he never…
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