Today 08 December
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was honored in church sermons across South Africa Sunday, which has been declared a national day of prayer and reflection to commemorate the country's anti-apartheid leader who died on Dec. 5. Here is a look at some of the praise of Mandela :
The leader of the world's Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, paid tribute to Nelson Mandela's courage on Sunday at a special church service for the anti-apartheid icon in London. "Great injustice is overcome only by great courage. That means struggle, and struggles demand courage," Welby said in a sermon at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square. "Nelson Mandela showed his courage by his determination in the face of evil and by his humanity in the experience of victory.
The last breath Nelson Mandela drew was his own, free of any life support, in the presence of his closest family members, South African media reported on Sunday. Also present were senior members of the ruling African National Congress that Mandela once led, and religious leaders who comforted family and friends.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans of all races flocked to houses of worship Sunday for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor Nelson Mandela, unified in their love for a historic figure whose funeral is expected to be one of the biggest in modern times.
By Ed Cropley and Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - With hymns and eulogies, South Africans of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as an example of freedom and forgiveness to build a better nation and world. Mandela, South Africa's first black president who steered his nation out of apartheid and into multi-racial democracy, died on Thursday at the age of 95 after months of illness. Crowds have piled flowers, candles, balloons and messages outside his Johannesburg home. At the cavernous Regina Mundi church in Soweto, South Africa's largest Catholic Church, hundreds of mourners young and old gathered to pray for Mandela and the nation's future.