Pope Francis sends condolences for death of Desmond Tutu

Hannah Brockhaus   By Hannah Brockhaus for CNA


Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2011 / wesselspj via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Vatican City, Dec 26, 2021 / 06:50 am (CNA).

Pope Francis on Sunday sent his condolences for the death of retired Anglican Archbishop and anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu.

Tutu, who fought for an end to racial segregation in his native South Africa, died Dec. 26 at the age of 90.

“Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and he offers heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones,” said a note signed by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

“Mindful of his service to the Gospel through the promotion of racial equality and reconciliation in his native South Africa, His Holiness commends his soul to the loving mercy of Almighty God,” the message continued. “Upon all who mourn his passing in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection, Pope Francis invokes the Divine blessings of peace and consolation in the Lord Jesus.”

Tutu, a contemporary of Nelson Mandela, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts to end apartheid in his country.

In 1995, Mandela, then South Africa’s president, named Tutu president of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, responsible for gathering evidence of apartheid-era crimes.

The prominent Anglican retired from public life in 2010. In 2014 he voiced support for assisted suicide.

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  1. Had Archbishop Tutu lived in today’s USA when he fought against South African white supremacist apartheid he would be labeled a woke, Marxist church leader preaching Critical Race Theory (to the horror of the spinner of the CRT lie, Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo) instead of the gospel!

  2. This man promotion abortion SSM euthanasia and contraception! How can these be the marks of a so called man of God! Yes he help end the facisim of the apartheid regime, but to go after the unborn is itself the new accepted form of apartheid!

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