The World Mourns Nelson Mandela

Prayers are being said around the world for Nelson Mandela, following the announcement of his death late last night by the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

Mr Zuma said: "Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: "How blessed we have been. He has become the most admired statesman in the world, an icon of forgiveness and reconciliation, a moral colossus ... wonderful man, wonderful, wonderful gift to us".

The Archbishop released the following prayer:

“We offer a prayer of contrition. We come with humble and broken hearts for all the ways we have fallen short of the glory of God.

“We come carrying our sorrow for all of the ways that we have fallen short of the example that Madiba offered us; an example of integrity, of reconciliation, of leadership in the service of the people.

“So we thank God for Rolihlahla. We thank God that this man had the courage to learn and to grow.

“As we stand before God with all of our grief, we ask God to bless South Africa. God bless South Africa, guide our leaders, guard our children and give us peace.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion,” Mandela wrote in his memoir Long Walk to Freedom. “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

See a biography here: http://www.biography.com/people/nelson-mandela-9397017

 

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