Vatican City, 26 December, 2021 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis and members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) on Sunday, December 26, sent their condolences for the death of retired Anglican Archbishop and anti-apartheid leader, Desmond Tutu.
Archbishop Tutu, who fought for an end to racial segregation in his native country of South Africa, died December 26 in Cape Town 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,” a note signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, says.
“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,” Cardinal Parolin further says.
He continues, “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.”