Monday, December 09, 2013

Anglican Leaders Lament Mandela's Passing

Archbishop of Canterbury praises Nelson Mandela's courage
Justin Welby reflects on former South African president's capacity for resistance and forgiveness in face of oppression

Sam Jones and agency
December 8, 2013

Justin Welby said Nelson Mandela's 'courage was undefeated, indomitable, extraordinary' at a sermon in London. Photograph: Jack Hill/The Times/PA

The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised Nelson Mandela's "extraordinary" courage and described him "that rarest of leaders" - a man who found wisdom in adversity and refused to yield to "bitterness and hatred".

Giving the sermon at a service of thanksgiving for the life of the former South African president at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Sunday, Justin Welby reflected on Mandela's capacity for resistance and forgiveness.

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