On Saturday, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s funeral will take place at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.
Tutu’s ashes will also be placed at the cathedral, according to Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.
On Friday, Tutu’s body will be laid to rest in the church, Makgoba announced the news on Monday.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and a veteran of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement who was cherished as his country’s morality by both black and white South Africans, died on Sunday at the age of 90.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his nonviolent resistance to white minority power. A decade later, he watched the regime’s demise and led a Truth and Reconciliation Commission tasked with uncovering the regime’s misdeeds.
He preached against the oppression of the white minority and was known for his outspokenness.
He held the Black political class to account with the same zeal he held the Afrikaners once apartheid ended, but his persistent spirit of reconciliation in a divided country shined through, and tributes to him flowed in from all over the world on Sunday.
In a televised address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called Tutu “one of our nation’s best patriots,” adding that “our nation’s loss is really a worldwide sorrow.”
Tutu fulfilled his spiritual mission to make the world a better, freer, and more equitable place, according to US President Joe Biden. “His legacy is timeless and will reverberate throughout the centuries.”
Former President Barack Obama remarked, “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others.” “His mischievous sense of humour and desire to see the humanity in his foes never faded.”
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