Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the prominent opposant to apartheid, has died aged 90

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The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican cleric has died aged 90. “A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement. For six decades, was one of the primary voices in exhorting the South African government to end racial segregation.Under President Nelson Mandela he was named chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He received the Templeton Prize for his “life-long work in advancing spiritual principles” and also a $1 million grant by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for “his lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power.”

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The Vatican reacted at Desmond Tutu death. “His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of … 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.” President Joe Biden also mourned Tutu on Sunday. “His courage and moral clarity helped inspire our commitment to change American policy toward the repressive Apartheid regime in South Africa.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby appreciated Tutu’s contribution as spiritual leadership. Many actual or former leaders of the world transmitted their toughts and appreciation.The current archbishop of Cape Town and metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Thabo Makgoba, said that the church will plan Tutu’s funeral and memorial services.