Tributes pour in for Desmond Tutu on Sunday
Social media was inundated with tributes on Sunday following news of the death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu.
THE NEWS WAS ANNOUNCED SUNDAY MORNING
He passed away today, Sunday December 26, 2021.
The Presidency made the announcement in a declaration.
TUTU WAS 90 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH
Tutu, South Africa’s last surviving Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has died in Cape Town. He was 90 years old.
Tutu had been on treatment for prostate cancer for over two decades.
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Known for his charisma and love for peace and humanitarianism, Tutu’s influence on a global scale remains formidable. This was clear as tributes and messages of condolence poured in from around the world on Sunday.
Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. His father was a teacher and he himself was educated at Johannesburg Bantu High School. After leaving school he first trained as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and in 1954 graduated from the University of South Africa. After three years as a high school teacher, he began to study theology, being ordained a priest in 1960.
The years 1962-66 were devoted to further theological studies in England leading to a master’s degree in divinity. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as deputy director of a theological institute in London. In 1975, he was appointed dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold this post. From 1976 to 1978 he was bishop of Lesotho and in 1978 became the first black secretary general of the South African Council of Churches. Tutu holds an honorary doctorate from a number of leading universities in the United States, Great Britain and Germany.