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Modest requiem for the giant Tutu: the farewell of the South Africans to their archbishop

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Under a heavy sky and a fine drizzle, family and friends, priests and dignitaries, flocked to St. George’s Anglican Cathedral for a requiem mass which Bishop Tutu, who died peacefully on December 26 at the age of 90, had settled the slightest detail, choosing readings and speakers.

Daddy would say the love the whole world showed us [cette semaine] warms the hearther daughter Mpho said from the altar. Thank you for loving it so much!

After the national anthem, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy.: why do you look so sad, so unhappy? “,” text “:” If Archbishop Desmond Tutu was there, he would say: why do you look so sad, so unhappy? “}}”>If Archbishop Desmond Tutu were there he would say: why do you look so sad, so unhappy?, he joked.

Madiba [nom de clan de Nelson Mandela] was the father of our democracy, Archbishop Tutu his spiritual father, declared the Head of State before solemnly handing over the national flag to the widow of the deceased, tenderly called Mama Leah in the country.

Tutu had requested that the light pine coffin in which he rested the last two days in the cathedral, so that thousands of people come to honor the memory of his struggles and his enthusiasms, be chosen the cheapest possible.

A coffin carried by several men in religious dress.

The remains of Bishop Desmond Tutu were exhibited in the fiery chapel on Thursday and Friday at the Saint-Georges cathedral in Cape Town, from where he has long attacked the racist apartheid regime.

Photo: Reuters / SUMAYA HISHAM

No gold handles, just pieces of rope for transport. Above, a simple bouquet of white flowers.

He had referred to longtime friend Michael Nuttall, his number two when he was archbishop, to deliver the sermon.

Their link,: a dynamic black leader and his white deputy in the last years of apartheid, that was no small feat. And the sky did not collapse! “,” Text “:” has undoubtedly struck a chord in the hearts and minds of many: a dynamic black leader and his white deputy in the last years of apartheid , it was not nothing. And the sky did not collapse! “}}”>arguably struck a chord in the hearts and minds of many: a vibrant black leader and his white deputy in the last years of apartheid was no small feat. And the sky did not collapse!, he said. We were a taste of what our divided country could be.

He also recalled that Mandela qualified Tutu as voice of the voiceless, a voice sometimes shrill, often tender, never afraid and rarely devoid of humor.

Tributes from everywhere

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson participated in the reading of the universal prayer, in the presence of Letsie III, the king of neighboring Lesotho, or a representative of the Dalai Lama, with whom Tutu exchanged laughs memorable.

Two men shake hands, smiling.

The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, on stage in Vancouver, April 18, 2004.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Richard Lam

Their friendship was unique, told theFrance Media Agency Ngodup Dorjee. As soon as they met, they laughed. The only explanation for this is a karmic connection in the past., he added very seriously.

The week was marked by tributes to Bishop Tutu across the country and beyond. South Africans remembered his tenacity and grace in the face of the oppressive Pretoria regime.

In Soweto, where he preached for a long time, he denounced the violence against high school students during the riots of June 1976, repressed in blood. Little by little, he becomes the voice of Mandela, locked up on Robben Island and whose face the youngest do not yet know. The police and the army threaten him. Only her dress then saved her from prison.

In the pacifist demonstrations he organized against the regime, he served as a shield, remembered Panyaza Lesufi, now a member of the ANC, the historic party of Mandela, still in power.

Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, this week recalled the indescribable courage then needed to oppose the apartheid regime: Tutu stood resolute and fearless, ahead of the protests, his clerical robe fluttering in the wind, his cross as a shield.

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