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Tributes from around the world on the death of Desmond Tutu


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his deep sadness after the death of this unequaled patriot. His death is a new chapter of mourning in our nation’s farewell to a generation of exceptional South Africans who left us a liberated South Africa, he said, evoking a man of extraordinary intelligence, integrity and invincible against the forces of apartheid.

The Mandela Foundation called his lossimmeasurable : He was an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd.

Desmond Tutu was a source of inspiration for generations around the world and his death leaves a huge void, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday.

Bishop Tutu was a man of faith convinced of the power of reconciliation through restorative justice, it was a shepherd of peace, said the president of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

[C’était] a man who gave his life in freedom with a deep commitment to human dignity, a giant who stood up against apartheid.

A quote from Charles Michel, President of the European Council, for the 27 countries of the European Union

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, friend and moral beacon to me and many others, lamented former US President Barack Obama, another Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who praised a universal spirit […] concerned about injustice wherever it is.

Desmond Tutu tirelessly defended human rights in South Africa and around the world, said Queen Elizabeth II, head of the Commonwealth, which includes South Africa. I fondly remember my meetings with him, his great friendliness and his humor.

An essential figure in the struggle against apartheid and the struggle for the creation of a new South Africa. He will be remembered for his spiritual leadership and irrepressible good humor.

A quote from Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, offered on Twitter his condolences for the death of Desmond Tutu.

the fight by Desmond Tutu for the end of apartheid and South African reconciliation will be remembered, greeted French President Emmanuel Macron.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier hailed the memory of a wonderful man, a the world’s foremost anti-apartheid, democracy and human rights fighters.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre paid tribute to a man who showed the power of reconciliation and forgiveness.

Desmond Tutu, one of the great figures of the 20th century, leave alone a legacy to all mankind, wrote Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

For Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, this death is a blow not only for the Republic of South Africa […] but also for the entire African continent, where he is deeply respected and celebrated as a peacemaker.

A giant has fallen. We thank God for his life, a full life, truly lived in the service of humanity.

A quote from Bobi Wine, leader of the Ugandan opposition

Rome reacts

Pope Francis declared himself saddened by this loss. Aware of the service rendered to the Gospel by the promotion of racial equality and reconciliation in his country, the sovereign pontiff commends his soul to the loving mercy of Almighty God.

For the spiritual leader of the Anglicans and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in the eyes of Desmond Tutu we saw the love of Jesus. In his voice we heard the compassion of Jesus. In his laughter, we heard the joy of Jesus. It was beautiful and brave.

The Dalai Lama, his old friend, greeted a great man, who lived a meaningful life, fully dedicated to the service of his brothers and sisters. The friendship and spiritual bond between us was something we cherished, said the spiritual leader of the Tibetans.

Bishop Tutu passionately believed that the Christian faith welcomes everyone and that Christian responsibility is at the service of everyone.

A quote from The World Council of Churches

The group of Wise men, created in 2007 by Nelson Mandela and which brings together public figures working on major global issues, celebrated a inspiration for the world, including commitment to peace, love and equality continue to to inspire future generations.

The Sages have lost a dear friend, whose infectious laughter and mischievous sense of humor have delighted and charmed them all, reacted in a statement the group, which counts in its ranks Ban Ki Moon and Jimmy Carter.

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