Desmond Tutu
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Always Faith, Always Justice:
A Tribute to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Revelling in his humanity, in both words and actions, Tutu showed fellow South Africans and people across the world what a life lived in love looks like.

One of the world’s most respected spiritual and human rights leaders, Tutu was a living testament to faith in action, insuppressible in his opposition against the evils of racism, oppression, intolerance, and injustice not just during apartheid South Africa, but wherever in the world he saw moral wrongs, especially impacting the most vulnerable and voiceless in society.

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Verityin Rhapshody
2022-01-02
Greetings All on this most sorrowful of days. As we all miss this great man. I humbly invite you all to a tributary poem that shows the best of The Smiling Bishop. https://youtu.be/KvyJtlBjuJA
Tony Lawrence
2022-01-02
BEING INSPIRED BY THE ARCH. Although I've had a long association with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, it was this article he and Mam Leah penned in the Cape Argus in 2014 that stirred me to the core. It was then that I realised that, somehow, I would eventually land up in the Child Protection space, and focusing on the safety of all our children. Please read the article, here : https://www.iol.co.za/.../time-to-restore-our-humanity... That realisation became a reality in 2017 after I had finished my tenure as Provincial Coordinator for Children and Youth Ministry in the Anglican Church, when I, then, took on the arduous task of Child Rights Activist and Child Safeguarding Specialist (with a focus on the prevention of violence and abuse of children). "On your own, your best protection may be installing thicker burglar bars and making sure your children never walk out of the door unless accompanied by an adult. (However,) It is when the whole neighbourhood is switched on to looking out for its children that a community can begin to heal. It is only then that the village can raise the child, as it should." I will remain inspired by this great man of God and will continue the call to "restore our humanity" starting with the most vulnerable - our children. A luta (still) continua. Rest in peace, dear faithful servant of the most High God. My sincerest condolences to Mam Leah and the Tutu family.
Moné Dye
2022-01-01
Mma Leah and Family may you find rest and peace in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Brother Desmond is alive and part of the heavenly hosts.
Karen Hayes
2022-01-01
My love and deep condolences to Mma Leah and all of the Tutu family. Thank you for the infinite ways you helped make it possible for so many around the world to be touched by Father Desmond’s ministry. And thank you for engaging and inspiring us with your love, compassion and commitment to justice. Rest In Peace and power, dear Baba. Thank God for you and thank you for you. We have taken to heart your teachings of Ubuntu and will continue our work of building the Beloved Community. As your legacy we will continue striving to live up to our best selves; to the images of dignity that you saw in each of us. With love and gratitude always, Karen
Nkosikhulule Xhawulengweni NYEMBEZI
2022-01-01
Tutu: A prolific creator of magic moments of laughter and heart-searching. As an election observer, I still remember one of our unique encounters. Arriving with his wife, Leah, at Milnerton library polling station in 2009, I accompanied them inside. This Nobel Prize winner, wearing his trademark fisherman's cap, apologised to other voters for jumping the queue, pointed at me, and jokingly said, “They are making me go ahead of you because I am so decrepit.” https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/opinion/tutu-a-prolific-creator-of-magic-moments-of-laughter-and-heart-searching-88a6dc5a-20bb-4435-b4bd-994eaed3243f
Brian Filling, Chair Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation
2022-01-01
The Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We celebrate his life and struggle. We send our condolences to Mrs Leah Tutu and all the family. When we sent off 25 marchers from Glasgow in 1988 calling for the release of Nelson Mandela and all apartheid's political prisoners the Arch welcomed them in Hyde Park one month later when he addressed the 250,000 crowd. We appreciated his condemnation of Britain and the West for its support of apartheid and he inspired many people in Britain as well as South Africa in the long struggle against apartheid. We thank him for all he did in the struggle and for his love of humanity. He will be sorely missed.
Elizabeth Prakash
2022-01-01
What a wonderfully warm loving and distinctly human inspiration you have been to the world ! I’m English and you have always been a hero and example to me as a man beyond discrimination of any kind and accepting and loving towards everyone , acknowledging differences and valuing them as the enrichment of humanity. May you now rest in your reward in Gods love
The SOJAC Trust
2022-01-01
The SOJAC Trust pays tribute to Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu , a man of integrity, compassion and love. We recognize his role in fighting for justice and the legacy he bequeaths for us to emulate. We will continue to seek to play an active role in the struggles of humanity in the building and defence of democracy, by ensuring non racism , non sexism and freedom of all forms of injustices. Condolences to Mrs Leah Tutu and family. Rest in Peace Arch From The Social Justice Action Campaign Board of Trustees : Reverend Mpho Moerane ,Ntsie Lehlohonolo Moagi, Rehana Khan Parker, Dr Rajendra Thangavelu Govender.
Paul Pepper
2022-01-01
I am a 45 year old white man who lives in North Yorkshire in England. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was, and will remain to be, an inspiring person to thousands of people across the globe. He was truly blessed by God, and clearly he wanted us all to make society, an embassy of Heaven here on Earth. I am lucky enough to lead the prayers tomorrow at our Church, and we will be praying with Thanksgiving for the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was loved in South Africa, Britain and many other Countries across the globe.
Amy Cornelia Coetzee
2022-01-01
My condolences to the Tutu family, He truly was a great man , I had such so much respect for him , all the good he did for all he came in contact with, I'm sorry I never got to meet him, From Amy Gqeberha
Benedict motau
2022-01-01
It is indeed a sad day as the ArchBishop Emeritus is laid to rest today. May heaven welcome you with open arms, for you comforted oppressed South Africans and offered them a voice for their pain and suffering, and made the world know, that we are a resilient and forgiving nation. You led from the front as our reminder that as a humanity, we can overcome adversity despite our struggles. So, to the Tutu family alike, your wife, children and grandchildren, we offer our deepest condolences. We will forever remember your memory standing guard outside Regina Mundi and offering refuge to young Comrades whom were being teargassed, sjamboked and being shot with live ammunition, as they stood up and protested against an oppressive and cruel state machinery. I am proud to bid you farewell and say that Soweto, Munsieville, Orlando West- Beverly Hills, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, District Six and many other locations have indeed lost a loving Guardian, Father, Grandfather, Archbishop and a Faith Leader, who was brave, bust most profoundly humble and caring. Lala Ngoxolo, Tata, Desmond Mpilo Tutu, may you light the heavens with your great work which you did here on earth. God Bless the Tutu Family at this difficult time.
Mary Tomlinson
2022-01-01
Archbishop Tutu Early one evening, over three decades ago, I was waiting in the, then, Boputhatswana airport for a flight back to Johannesburg. You were the only other person standing in the waiting area. I kept looking over at you and toyed with the idea of going over to you and asking if I could shake your hand. Unfortunately, I was very young and still insecure at the time and so I missed the opportunity to tell you how much I admired you. It is one of the regrets of my life.
The SOJAC TRUST
2022-01-01
The SOJAC Trust pays tribute to Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu , a man of integrity, compassion and love. We recognize his role in fighting for justice and the legacy he bequeaths for us to emulate. We will continue to seek to play an active role in the struggles of humanity in the building and defence of democracy, by ensuring non racism , non sexism and freedom of all forms of injustices. Condolences to Mrs Leah Tutu and family. Rest in Peace Arch. The Social Justice Action Campaign Board of Trustees : Ntsie Lehlohonolo Moagi, Rehana Khan Parker, Rajendra Thangavelu Govender.
Antonia (Toni) Doman
2022-01-01
We have lost a son of the soil, but heaven has gained an angel. Thank Tata for blessing us with your wisdom, your light, your joy, and your conscience. Let us learn from the example you have set. Let us strive to always do good, and find the joy in everything. We will miss you.
Elizabeth Heather Mugan
2022-01-01
Thank you dear Arch for your determined, constant and blessed work in this world; you have sown seeds of love and all things good in the hearts of many. It is my belief that your light will continue to glow upon us from above. Heartfelt condolences to all the family, but please, think of all the happy moments - as my father, who I quite recently lost said to me long before his passing, “when my time comes, do not be upset and crying, but remember all the wonderful times we have had together”. God bless.
Rev. Wrongcliffe Chisholm, Thelma, Jared, Micah and Tabitha
2021-12-31
May Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu. Rest in eternal peace and rise in Glory. Our heartfelt sympathy to Mama Leah, Trevor, Thandeka, Nontombi, Mpho their spouses, grandchildren and the extended families. We give thanks to God for him being elected as the first Black archbishop of the CPSA and for his life as a witness to the gospel in struggling to end apartheid in our country, and speaking out against injustice and discrimination in the world. Our deepest gratitude for his caring, love and pastoral ministry to us as a family in our greatest times of need will always be cherished and remembered. Rev. Wrongcliffe Chisholm, Thelma, Jared, Micah and Tabitha
Anonymous in NYC
2021-12-31
I acknowledge that this great man earned his place on the planet as a compassionate Priest, vigilant Anti-Apartheid Warrior, and the recipient of the Nobel Prize. However, I am expressing my profound sorrow for the transition of a beloved and loving Husband and Father. I send my condolences and prayers to Mrs. Leah Tutu, the partner and a source of strength to this great person; to his beloved Son, Trevor; to Thandi, who shared an interest in providing service by pursuing work in the medical field; to Naomi, who initially followed his footsteps by serving in the field of Education; and to Mpho, who joined him in the pursuit of justice by serving in the Priesthood. Well done Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Cas Coovadia
2021-12-31
We have lost one of our greatest hero's and bravest leaders. Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu embodied, in his daily life, everything we should espouse to be as a people and a country. "The Arch" led our struggle, virtually single-handedly, at some of the darkest times in our history. He, and the SACC, came to the fore when the apartheid government was at its most brutal. He spoke truth to power then, and continued to do so after we achieved our democracy. That is a true reflection of his honesty, consistency, belief and leadership. Archbishop Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with passion, honesty and bravery! So, we celebrate this great life, even as we mourn his passing. We must honour him by instilling in each of us the values he lived by and acting on these.
People Against Apartheid and Fascism, Cape Town
2021-12-31
People Against Apartheid and Fascism would like to extend its condolences to Mama Leah Tutu and the Tutu family on the passing of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Your loss and sadness is shared widely in South Africa and globally for he was one of the greatest sons of Africa. His life provides a model for leadership and good citizenry. Bishop Tutu used his position in the Anglican church and the South African Council of Churches for the betterment of all South Africans irrespective of religion or religious denomination. He spoke fearlessly against the apartheid regime and bravely said that those they mistakenly called terrorists were ‘our sons our brothers’. He offered to tear his Bible ‘into little strips’ if anyone could prove it lent support for apartheid policies. He spoke against the Zuma presidency in the democratic era when the ANC-led government was going seriously astray. He spoke firmly against violence and advocated non-violent means of struggle for the means mattered to him. He became an advocate of reconciliation for he knew the polarisation or races would not bring peace to South Africa. As a global citizen Tutu lent his voice against the war on Iraq in 2003 and he was an ardent spokesman for the Palestine cause and critic of Israeli apartheid-like policies. He lent his support to the climate change cause and to environmental groups. LGBTQ groups could rely on Tutu for their support and fight for rights. The Arch as we fondly called him looked into your eyes when he spoke to you and held your hands and when he entered a room faces would break out into smiles for he taught us how to laugh and laugh loudly. For this laughter and moral leadership we are extremely grateful. Uma Mesthrie for PAAF, Cape Town
Dana Stone
2021-12-31
Desmond Tutu was a pillar of forgiveness. His ideas touched millions of hearts. Dana Stone, Durham, North Carolina , U. S.
Moctar
2021-12-31
Hurrah hurrah hurrah Tuth
Dave Burton o.b.o. The Solstice Foundation
2021-12-30
He has always shown us the way and now departs to well-earned rest and peace. Much gratitude and respect for how much Father Desmond gave of himself and for his unstinting support and encouragement. He will not be forgotten and we send love and support to Ma Leah and all his family and colleagues.
Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, General Secretary of DanChurchAid
2021-12-30
Desmond Tutu fought his entire life for the world's poor and oppressed. He was bishop for the whole world and a close partner to DanchurchAid. No other person has influenced our work as much as him. He taught us that humanitarian aid is not just about distributing food but about the right to a dignified life. In the long run, we can only help people if we address the root of the problem instead of treating symptoms. On Sunday, we will pay tribute to our friend Desmond Tutu at a memorial service in the Copenhagen Cathedral.
Kariane Westrheim Chairperson EUTCC board
2021-12-30
EUTCC commemorates Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu EU Turkey Civic Commission CONTACT: Prof. Kariane Westrheim Mobil: 004797642088 kariane.westrheim@gmail.com brusselsconferenceep@gmail.com Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the prominent Anglican church leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1984), and guardian of humanity, died at Christmas. The whole world mourns him who from a young age has tirelessly served the world, human rights, and human dignity. Desmond Tutu appeared on the world stage when he fought against the apartheid regime in South Africa - never with weapons, but with a tireless call for dialogue and reconciliation. He became Nelson Mandela's close friend and ally, even though they did not always agree on how to resolve political conflicts. However, as the president of the free South Africa Mandela appointed Tutu to be the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) seen by many as a crucial component of the transition to full and free democracy in South Africa. Desmond Tutu was direct with those he had something unspoken with, did not hide what he meant, it was never about who he talked to, but about what he had to say. He enjoyed talking freely with people on the street, as he also did in front of world leaders - this made him both loved and feared. Desmond Tutu became a true friend and supporter of the Kurdish people. He was the first patron of the EUTCC and in 2012, Desmond Tutu issued an international call for the Resumption of Dialogue where he urged Turkey to resume the peace talks with the Kurds and the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan for a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question in Turkey. The petition was signed by former heads of state and prominent figures like His Holiness Dalai Lama, Jimmy Carter, Jose Ramos-Horta, Gerry Adams and Kjell Magne Bondevik. Desmond Tutu showed a boundless understanding and solidarity with people in the middle of the struggle because he had stood there himself. On the other hand, he showed no understanding for heads of state who were indifferent in the encounter with the world's problems and political conflicts, or who failed to speak out when injustice was committed. For him, it meant lining up with the enemy. For the Kurds, who are still silenced by the international community, Desmond Tutu put peace on the agenda and became a mouthpiece for resumption of dialogue and peace talks. For the EUTCC Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will forever be remembered as a bauta in the service of humanity and a faithful supporter of the Kurdish cause on the world agenda. His boundless love for those who suffered under oppressive regimes, such as the Kurds, is a reminder never to give up on change for a better society for all. The EUTCC will remember Archbishop Desmond Tutu with joy and gratitude and in his memory, there is hope and future optimism. Although the Kurds in many ways still face closed doors internationally, Desmond Tutu has managed to open some of them slightly. We light peace over Desmond Tutu's memory! On behalf of the EUTCC board Kariane Westrheim Chairperson Dersim Dağdeviren Board member CHAIR • KARIANE WESTRHEIM, Professor at University of Bergen, Norway SECRETARY GENERAL • MICHAEL GUNTER, Professor at Tennessee Technological University, US BOARD MEMBERS • DERSIM DAGDEVIREN, KURD-AKAD, Germany • DR. JOOST JONGERDEN, Wageningen University, Netherlands • DR. THOMAS JEFFREY MILEY, Department of Sociology, Cambridge University, UK • ESTELLA SCHMID, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, UK PATRONS • ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa • SHIRIN EBADI, Human Rights Lawyer Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran • BIANCA JAGGER, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, UK • NOAM CHOMSKY, Laureate Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona Departement of Linguistic, US • LEYLA ZANA, European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Rafto Prize Laureate, Turkey • BARONESS HELENA KENNEDY QC, House of Lords, UK • CHRISTINE BLOWER, National Education Union (NEU), International Secretary, UK • MARY DAVIS, Visiting Professor of Labour History, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK • SIMON DUBBINS, UNITE International Director, UK • JAMES KELMAN, Writer, UK • JONATHAN STEELE, Veteran foreign correspondent and author, UK • DOUG NICHOLLS, General Secretary, General Federation of Trade Unions, UK
Tali Nates, South Africa
2021-12-30
On behalf of all of us at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, we deeply mourn the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. We are grateful for all he had given to humanity, selflessly sharing his words of inspiration and wisdom with millions of people in South Africa and globally in order to spread messages of love and healing to our wounded world. We convey our deep condolences to the Tutu family, the whole Anglican community, friends and colleagues and to all South Africans.
South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation
2021-12-30
The Holocaust & Genocide Centres in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg associated with the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation (SAHGF) mourn the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. He is remembered as an anti-Apartheid activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, leader of the important Truth and Reconciliation process and a champion of humanity. Archbishop Tutu will be cherished and remembered with our immense gratitude. We convey our deepest condolences to his family, the Anglican community, and to all those who mourn his passing in South Africa and across the globe.
Wendy Dommisse
2021-12-30
One of the Worlds greatest heroes! His loathing of apartheid and injustice was always tempered by his wonderful sense of humour. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a brave and bold reparation attempt successfully chaired by Desmond Tutu. Arch, you were not only a true mensch but also the moral compass of the African Nation. So where to now without your omnipresent guidance to be better people? You will be sorely missed. We offer our deep condolences to his family.
Seth Naicker
2021-12-30
Today in honor of and inspired by Bishop Tutu let us pray: Disturb us oh Lord when we ask for Peace but refuse justice. Help to see with eyes of faith the way of truth and the call to practical living, loving and building a legacy of service and generosity… Disturb us oh Lord when we raise intelligent arguments but forget that people are going hungry while we stress over what, where, who, how when and why. Help us to avoid analysis paralysis and to embrace a practise of excellence in planning and acting for peace and justice… Disturb us oh Lord when we delay to stop unethical behavior, remind us of good, faith inspired values that requires for us practise what we preach and teach. Help us to preach in public what we actually put to practise in private… Disturb us oh Lord when we become content with passivity and trapped in a social reality of the status quo. Help us to ask the critical questions, embrace the paths of courageous conversations, and take the journey of acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God... Disturb us oh Lord when we are loud and proud and forget the way of silence as a courageous path and spirituality anchored in meditation, prayer and faith inspired communion. Help us to draw from silence the wonderous depth of spirituality that may guide us toward hearing with unusual clarity the voice of ‘I Am’... Oh God of Peace and Justice hear our prayers. Disturb us oh Lord to believe for the miraculous. When we feel down and out and don’t know how to go on, remind us to journey on in silence, prayer, communion and eucharist. May we find fierce faith with fierce urgency, to trust and believe as ‘prisoners of hope’. Amen. #prayeronit #focussedprayer
Mahmood & Kathy Randeree
2021-12-30
Rest in Peace Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A moral, ethical and fearless giant. Condolences to the family. Thank you for having shared him with the world. Your dedication and sacrifices humble us. Mahmood and Kathy Randeree, Klerksdorp.
Kongreya Neteweyî ya Kurdistanê Kurdistan National Congress Congrès National du Kurdistan
2021-12-30
Kongreya Neteweyî ya Kurdistanê Kurdistan National Congress Congrès National du Kurdistan 1999 Rue Jean Stas 41, 1060 Bruxelles Tel: 0032 2 647 30 84 Home Page: www.kongrakurdistan.net E-Mail: kongrakurdistan@gmail.com Heartfelt condolences on the passing of anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a dear friend of the Kurdish people It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a tireless fighter for global human rights and a hero of the victorious struggle against apartheid in South Africa. We send our deepest condolences to his family, his comrades, and all of the peoples of South Africa. Archbishop Tutu became acquainted with the struggle of the Kurdish people in the early 1990s when the Turkish state waged a scorched earth campaign throughout northern Kurdistan and committed systematic crimes against the Kurdish people, and his solidarity with the Kurds would span decades. He shared his experience in the struggle against his homeland’s apartheid regime with us and took every opportunity to advocate for justice for the Kurdish people and a dignified peace for Kurdistan. He personally participated in many prominent global initiatives for peace in Kurdistan and Turkey and, along with the late judge Essa Moosa, Archbishop Tutu was a leading voice for the Kurds not only in South Africa, but on the international stage as well. In addition to his political commitment to justice, he also prayed for the freedom of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. His dedication to human rights and freedom knew no bounds, and long after helping bring an end to apartheid in his homeland, he remained a determined voice for the oppressed all over the world. Archbishop Tutu was not only a hero of the South African struggle against apartheid, but also an icon of the universal struggle against racism and oppression. His passing is a great loss for the peoples of South Africa and many others, including the Kurds. We will always be thankful for Archbishop Tutu’s personal contributions to our cause, and we will remain guided by his lifetime of work for the oppressed and as we continue our struggle for justice and peace in Kurdistan and beyond. Executive Council of the Kurdistan National Congress
Karen Roach
2021-12-30
In 2014, during the early months of my one year mission in Cape Town, I met Archbishop Emeritus Fr. Desmond Tutu, after mass at St George's Cathedral. I was so honoured! I knew God had brought me here:-) Being around the Arch, you are sure to experience his humour and grounded spirituality. What must I do to grow spiritually? I asked the Arch. '"Fast twice a week and give alms " he said. This became a regular practice during my mission in Cape Town and are spiritual disciplines I will continue to exercise. Another experience during mass was when The Arch sensed I was feeling small among the many important people. He recognised me amongst the crowd stating 'Karen, when are you returning to the UK? I haven't forgotten, I will bless you before you go'. The Arch reduced his visit to St George's Cathedral after that due to ill health and I did not have the opportunity for him to bless me. One of my biggest regrets still today. I can recall many other experiences with the Arch, including his laughter. The Arch was an amazing man! We'll miss you, Arch. We carry on where you left off. We will continue to uphold your legacy. Rest in perfect peace🕊️ “We are all connected. What unites us is our common humanity.” - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. http://missiontosa.yolasite.com/ #TutuLegacy #DesmondTutu #GodBlessAfrica
John Branca
2021-12-30
Dynamic figure! Will be missed.
Donna Katzin, founding (and former) executive director of Shared Interest, USA
2021-12-30
My heartfelt condolences to Mama Leah and the entire Tutu family, with deep gratitude for having shared the Archbishop and the man with us. He inspired, healed, led and loved us for so long -- both during and since the anti-apartheid movement. At Shared Interest, he walked with us as we strove to implement his restorative justice agenda by helping South African financial institutions "bank on" low-income black South Africans. For him this was a component of the continuing "Part Two of the Struggle -- to make the miracle endure." In the process he deepened our humanity in the name of ubuntu -- so essential today and tomorrow for South Africa, the world and the planet. With a poem (below) and abiding gratitude and love, Donna Dearest Arch, Athough we have not heard your voice in years, we hear it now. You are at peace but we know that we are not... We still have work to do -- some that you began, some we had forgotten. You remind us that bearing yellow leaves does not entitle us to silence now. Every season has its wisdom, every generation its vision, every twisted soul its touch of comfort to the next, its shattered branches, seeds. You summon us to come when the Creator calls, beaing fears that fester, unhealed wounds -- recall that even when we humans snap like brittle trunks in the wind, forget to forgive or hold each other's hands, restore what we have broken, there is still a spark of love, gratitude, and in the gray day breaking -- grace.
Rehena Harilall - Buddhists across Traditions UK
2021-12-30
I am proud to come from a country and grow up with a hero like Archbishop (Arch) Desmond Tutu. He is my hero, not because he is famous, or for his vast contributions to the world we live in, but because he is a person who shows us what we are, what we can become and how to live our lives with love and justice infusing every action in every day. No, I will not cry today, I will dance instead to the sounds of the Soweto String Quartet. I will smile and I will laugh with joyous abandon, in honour of the man who laughed with the infectiousness joy of a child, who chuckled while pinching the chin of the Dalai Lama, whose warm eyes are as expansive as the African sky and who danced in celebration of all life. I will dance and my tears of joy will mingle with that of sadness, to honour this man whose zest for life, humour, courage, compassion, and humanity is a beacon, for me, for you, and for us all. Today I stand a little taller — a little higher on the shoulders of a hero, a new ancestor, reminding me what a human life is meant to be. Today we are called to action, to continue the legacy of Desmond Tutu. May I too bring joy, service and a “little bit of good” wherever I am, for he said it is the “ little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Ngiyabonga Bishop Tutu. Hamba Kahle.
Ilhaam Groenewald
2021-12-30
The very brief moments I had the honor to share with you were always very special and more so when we were both honored by The University of the Western Cape in 2017. The laughter and smiles you see on the pictures is as a result of Arch cracking yet another joke and making sure his company is enjoyed to the fullest. I sent messages to a few comrades and friends the morning of his passing, sharing with them how the memories were coming back about our activists days and Arch’s commitment and support to student leaders and activists during the 80s, making sure we fight for democracy in a steadfast and at times very challenging ways, resulting in the Arch needing to visit prisons to ask for the release of activists. His ethical leadership and commitment to our country shaped many of us at an early age. During these difficult days we would go on hunger strikes for days and he would appeal to us to do so in a responsible manner. Arch, God decided your time with us is completed and we know that you will continue to be our guarding angle. We appreciate what you’ve done for us as a country and the world and we will continue to cherish all of you. Condolences to Mama Tutu, the rest of the family, colleagues and friends. Rest in Peace Arch🙏🏽💔😢🙏🏽
Marc Denton, Cape Town SA
2021-12-30
One of the greatest icons of our time. Growing up in apartheid SA in Cape Town as an Anglican the name Desmond Tutu meant hope for a better future, hope for an end to injustices, forgiveness and all our humanity being equal🙏. Thank you Arch for all you have done for our country and for being an amazing role model to us all in the fight against injustice. So sad that we have lost our moral compass during these trying times, but we know your spirit lives each time someone stands up against injustice. Rest in Heavenly peace 🙏
Pervin BULDAN & Mithat SANCAR Co-chairs of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)
2021-12-30
27.12.2021 Condolence message from Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on the passing of Desmond Tutu We have learned with great sorrow of the death Archbishop Desmond Tutu, of South Arica, who had become a symbol of the world struggle for freedom, justice and peace, as well as a winner of the Nobel peace prize. Tutu, who, together with Nelson Mandela, played such an important role in abolishing the apartheid regime in South Africa, and who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, continued his uninterrupted advocacy of all oppressed peoples and social segments until the end of his life. He responded to the Kurdish struggle for freedom and peace with all kinds of support, which he offered with his graceful humility. We will keep Desmond Tutu alive in our memory and our struggle as a historical figure and a valuable friend, who stood by the marginalized against the cruel not only with his words but also with his actions. As we reaffirm our commitment to Desmond Tutu's ideals of freedom, justice and peace, we extend our condolences to all his friends and to the peoples of South Africa. Pervin BULDAN & Mithat SANCAR Co-chairs of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) ________________________________________________________________________________ Contact: international@hdp.org.tr Web: www.hdp.org.tr Address: Barbaros Mah. Tahran Cad. Büklüm Sok. No: 117 06680 Çankaya, Ankara - Turkey Phone: +90 312 427 17 80 Fax: +90 312 4288957
Zayboon Motala.
2021-12-30
What a legendary figure we South Africans have lost.Arch was an outspoken person who always stood up for what was right.A The poor and oppressed mans friend.Spoke against the oppressed Palestinians and Kurds.He was one of the greatest icons of our times.Always rendered his advice and help selflessly. A peoples person Arch Tutu was. .Rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Ma Leah and the family
Hazel Colam
2021-12-30
My deepest condolences to Leah and the Tutu family on the passing of Archbishop Desmond. It was the greatest privilege for my husband and me to have known him and worked for him. May his soul rest in peace.
H Gouvelis o.b.o. Luthuli Peace & Development Institute
2021-12-30
On behalf of the Luthuli Peace & Development Institute we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on his passing. We join our compatriots who mourn his loss and honour the exemplary life of this South African icon. Chief Luthuli once said that “Our freedom we must make ourselves. All honest freedom-loving people have dedicated themselves to that task. What we need is the courage that rises with danger.” Archbishop Tutu dedicated himself to this task with a courage that rose above the danger and a courage that vanquished the danger. His courage, commitment and compassion will forever serve to guide and motivate freedom-loving people in South Africa and indeed the world.
Barbara J Hunt - Forgiveness Made Easy
2021-12-30
Blessings on your soul and on your legacy, dear Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Thank you for being a role model, an exemplar of what it means to live a passionate, joyful, dedicated, humanitarian life. You were such an inspiration for my work on forgiveness and the potential we have to co-create a world at peace. Condolences to all of your family and friends. May you rest in deep peace.
Shalen Misser
2021-12-30
A dear father figure. An icon of the elder generation. A champion of spiritual and social causes. Your passing is a loss to South Africa and the world. A life cherished and respected. Rest Well, Arch🙏🏻
(The Rev.) Jane Boram, Christ Church Cathedral - Nashville, TN
2021-12-30
We in the United States are so humbled to have been host to both Desmond and his lovely daughter/priest, Nontombi Tutu, over the last 20+ years. Thank you, Tutu-Family for the gift of sharing this Human-Wisdom-Phenomena called "The Arch" w/ the rest of the world, especially South Africa, who birthed him and gave him the basis for declaring the Kingdom of God there among God's People despite apartheid and an oppressive government. Earthly governments will never inspire the way Tutu's Godly Kingdom from Above inspired. Let us all seek to find the humility "The Arch" displayed and find the Wisdom only God gifted him with.
rehena Harilall
2021-12-30
I am proud to come from a country and grow up with a hero like Archbishop (Arch) Desmond Tutu. He is my hero, not because he is famous, or for his vast contributions to the world we live in, but because he is a person who shows us what we are, what we can become and how to live our lives with love and justice infusing every action in every day. No, I will not cry today, I will dance instead to the sounds of the Soweto String Quartet. I will smile and I will laugh with joyous abandon, in honour of the man who laughed with the infectiousness joy of a child, who chuckled while pinching the chin of the Dalai Lama, whose warm eyes are as expansive as the African sky and who danced in celebration of all life. I will dance and my tears of joy will mingle with that of sadness, to honour this man whose zest for life, humour, courage, compassion, and humanity is a beacon, for me, for you, and for us all. Today I stand a little taller — a little higher on the shoulders of a hero, a new ancestor, reminding me what a human life is meant to be. Today we are called to action, to continue the legacy of Desmond Tutu. May I too bring joy, service and a “little bit of good” wherever I am, for he said it is the “ little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Ngiyabonga Bishop Tutu. Hamba Kahle.
Jacqui Kaye - CEO: HospiceWits
2021-12-29
On behalf of the Board and all members of staff, I hereby wish to extend our sincere condolences to Mrs Leah Tutu and family, as well as all Foundation staff, on the passing of Archbishop Tutu. The Archbishop was a popular guest of honour at the official opening of our Soweto Hospice in 2007, and he visited the facility at a later date to offer words of love and kindness to patients and their families, in their darkest hours. His presence inspired our leaders and nursing staff, encouraging them and championing palliative care for the improved quality of life and dignity it offered for terminally-ill patients. Archbishop Tutu has been such a blessing to our country and the world. His voice provided so much moral and ethical clarity in challenging times. We remember him fondly, and hope that his integrity and great capacity to love unconditionally, can be emulated by aspiring future leaders.
Linda Buckley
2021-12-29
Dearest Ma Leah, Thandi, Trevor, Naomi and Mpho and your loved ones - the globe is mourning the incredible loss of the man you knew to be husband, father, grandfather, father in law, mentor and guide. You unselfishly loaned him to the world at a time when his voice had to be heard. Thank you for that huge sacrifice. May you find peace at this very difficult time and may God bless you as you mourn your loss. Sending you all warm thoughts and virtual hugs.
Treasured Gems NPO Cape Town
2021-12-29
Rest in Peace Archbishop Desmond Tutu . You gave voice to the voiceless, in our darkest days of Apartheid. Post democratic South Africa you continued to stand up and defended communities domestically and internationally. We are thankful for all you have done for us
Herman and Marida van der merwe - Stellenbosch
2021-12-29
I will never forget his words to me and my wife - may we learn from his legacy long in the future
Andrew Giles
2021-12-29
Much love and respect from 🇨🇦 for a great man. RIP Archbishop Tutu.
Miguel
2021-12-29
Good morning a good man a good person a good father will be missed God bless him and his family
#sharp ecosocialist collective
2021-12-29
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu gave new depth and vigour to the phrase “without fear or favour.” During his thankfully long lifetime, he stood up for justice again and again, even when his was a lone voice and even when it was dangerous to do so. He is best known for his opposition to the apartheid regime, but there was so much more. On a practical, daily level, he lived his faith, as he demonstrated the day he prevented a mob from killing a man in a situation of vigilantism in Soweto, near his home. He was a powerful orator who had a great sense of humour and a most infectious laugh. Despite the official stance of the church, he spoke out with gay activists, and helped promote the acceptance of female priests. However, our organisation is equally grateful that he spoke out against the abuse of our planet, saying that environmental destruction is “the human rights challenge of our time” and that without action “there will be no tomorrow.” Time is running out, he said. “We are already experiencing loss of life and livelihoods because of intensified storms, the shortage of fresh water, the spread of disease and rising food prices. The most devastating effects are visited on the poor, those with no involvement in creating the problem — a deep injustice.” With his usual forcefulness, he criticised those who were profiting from “rising temperatures, seas and human suffering” by participating in the fossil fuel industry, and concluded in a speech he made in October 2020, “There are two choices we present to you today: life and death. Choose life for the people. Choose life for the ecosystems. Choose life for the planet.” Will his death prompt more people to listen to the words of this great soul, this moral compass for our time?
Tom Getman
2021-12-29
Atlarelang Tsatsimpe
2021-12-29
I stand proud as a young member of the ward 19. In the local city of matlosana, formally and currently known as klerksdorp. I stand firm and proud of the late Arch bishop Desmond Tutu born and bread in Mankweteng, his legacy lives on , we are him and he is us. I grew up asking my family why the main road of Neserhof is renamed to Arch bishop Tutu leading to klerksdorp hospital, I was told he was born and bread here and the rest was history as we know it today. My family even took him to his home to see where history began. I say he is unsung in my community but as a young lion , I also say may his soul rest in peace but we will continue to strive his legacy and teach upcoming generations,I trust that the cadres of all parties in ward and community members of City of Matlosana at large will unite and revive his legacy in Makweteng , (Neserhof) today and city of matlosana at large. Let us carry the baton with pride like Arch did for all of us. To 90 decades we celebrate but to many more legacy decades. Long Live Arch TUTU long live !!
~RESTORATION FUNERAL SERVICES, CEO MANAGEMENT & STAFF.@Cape Town Head Office 0615327099
2021-12-29
Arch Bishop E Dr Desmond Tutu. We want to give our sincere condolences to your wife Ma'am Leah, children & grandchildren for your lost. May God comfort you all in your time of bereavement. May you all find peace, love and unity. God shall wipe your tears and give you strenght. We as Funeral Parlour Management & Staff, of Restoration Funeral Services, Cape Town want to give our love, support and word of encouragement to you as a family. Our office will be close Friday & Saturday to show our respect to you and your family. We will have a moment of silence on Friday, and all of our staff will wear black and purple to show our last respect. Candles will be burn and we will have a twenty minutes memorial. We pray for the Tutu family and especially to his children. God knows that we lost a legand and a big tree fall in this world, but we need to pick up his branches to go forth of his job of excellence. May your beautiful soul REST IN PEACE, may your SPIRIT LIVE LONG, may you be REMEMBERED. With love 💕 CEO, Management & Staff of RESTORATION FUNERAL SERVICES, CAPE TOWN
Justo J. SANCHEZ, United States
2021-12-29
Desmond Tutu: tears for a rebel Justo J. Sánchez* He died? All we know is that he left down a clear path, saying: “let your your mourning be labour and hope.” Just be good, no more. Be what I have been among you: a soul. Antonio Machado, Spanish poet. Don’t let the soil tilled with a smile turn into a desert. The world is sadder, drier, lonelier by his absence. He would not abide apathy. “He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters” (Matthew 12:30). For Desmond Tutu, a Christian is a rebel in the fight against inequality, repression and ignominy. With the sweetness of Christian love, his was the fierce struggle, his arms: moral conviction and respect for human dignity. A victim of polio and tuberculosis, the visit of an Anglican missionary during adolescence may have been an early defining point in Tutu’s life; it is often overlooked. Once healthy and after graduating from Bantu Normal College (École Normale), he dedicated himself to teaching. Having received the call to Christian ministry and already a deacon, he moved to London to study theology. On his return, he was appointed professor in a seminary. He was the first black dean of Johannesburg. As early as 1978 he was secretary general of the South African Council of Churches. His open defiance of apartheid made him worthy of the Nobel Prize in 1984. He was ordained Bishop of Johannesburg and then Cape Town. As such, he led a demonstration of 30,000 people against apartheid in 1989. Nelson Mandela visited Archbishop Tutu at his home after his release. Once president, the former political prisoner appointed him to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He would open the sessions with a prayer and was often moved to tears by the testimonies heard. The Commission’s report found abuses in the racist colonialist government and in some anti-apartheid groups that sowed violence: the African National Congress and the extremist leftist groups. The ANC tried to withhold publication. In 1997 he was diagnosed with cancer and retired from the episcopate. He devoted his efforts to the fight against the spread of AIDS and finding a cure for the dreaded disease. It is around this time that Archbishop Tutu started work in the Alliance of Civilizations and the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace. In 2013, he started a campaign that advocates for the rights of the LGBT community. “I don’t worship a homophobic God.” Christianity guided him as a political activist. The path taken was clearly expressed in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. “The Bible does not know peace without justice. It would be shouting ‘peace, peace!’ where there is no peace. The Shalom of God, peace, inevitably implies righteousness, justice, integrity, and fullness of life, participation in decision-making, goodness, laughter, joy, compassion, solidarity and reconciliation.” Desmond Tutu had the courage to be a rebel and a pacifist in a country familiar with violence: “Let us work to be peacemakers, those who have been given a wonderful participation in Our Lord’s ministry of reconciliation. If we want peace, as we have been told, let us work for justice. Let us transform our swords into plowshares.” Desmond Tutu wanted to mold his life in the Franciscan “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,” with a smile, a rebel against inequality. As a Christian activist, he cemented the North American civil rights movement. From the Southern Baptist pulpits, civil rights leaders transformed American society. He set out, without boasting, to live the beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-10). “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they will receive and inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure at heart for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu became an example for those who take the path of non-violent struggle against outrage and oppression. His was the tenacity of a pacifist soldier for justice: “if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” The war against homophobia reaffirmed a quest for validity. It acknowledged a group marginalized by political, legal, tribal systems, Islam, cultural traditions and some Christian denominations. That a Christian prelate, a great figure, raised the flag of equality brought hope to the LGBT community. If the struggle against apartheid brought them together, there was a gulf between Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. The bishop stayed out of the political sphere. Tutu took the road of the prophet. He became the moral oracle, the rebel that articulates the demands for justice. “God calls us to be his co-workers to extend his Kingdom of Shalom, of justice, kindness, compassion, care, solidarity, laughter, joy and reconciliation, so that all the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ where He will reign forever and ever. Amen”. * Justo J. Sánchez, SPJ, AICA-USA, cultural analyst, worked as a journalist in New York. Mr. Sánchez has written for Sotheby’s and various art publications. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, NBC Nightly News among American media outlets. He has taught in American universities and in Italy and lectured in museums and galleries.
Rev. Sindile Dlamini Mathebula
2021-12-29
Rest in peace and power Beloved ArchBishop Desmond Tutu. You have run your race and finished your course. Your day is done to the glory of God. You demonstrated to us what it means to value the essence of a human being and to practice Ubuntu on every occasion. May this be our daily practice for eternity. May your family find comfort and strength in our Lord and Savior, during this time of bereavement. Lala ngoxolo, akwehlanga kungehlanga.
Anthony Waldhausen
2021-12-29
On behalf of the residents, members and executive of the Msunduzi Association of Residents Ratepayers and Civics (MARRC) based in Pietermaritzburg we would like to send our heartfelt condolences Mrs Leah Tutu and family on the passing of Archbishop Tutu. We are a civic movement that is giving a voice to residents and to take back their power. We have learnt a lot from Arch's teaching of Ubuntu and reconciliation and which we will take forward in our quest to bring residents together as one. You are a hero and great champion of human rights and your legacy will continue through us. RIP Arch!
Beverley Voigt
2021-12-29
Born and raised as an Anglican, I remember hearing the name of Desmond Tutu way back in my childhood. As a late teen and early adult I became more aware of this incredible man and all that he stood for. Already in my forties, and by then a licensed Anglican lay minister, I finally had the joyous privilege of meeting Fr Desmond. He had the gift of making one feel that you were the only person that mattered in that moment. Receiving his blessing was one of the most precious and treasured memories I have. may his dear, beautiful soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Heartfelt condolences to Mama Leah and all the family at their sad loss. A great light in this world has gone out, but Heaven has become brighter for his presence there
Atlarelang Tsatsimpe : North West , City of Matlosana
2021-12-29
I stand proud as a young member of the ward 19. In the local city of matlosana, formally and currently known as klerksdorp. I stand firm and proud of the late Arch bishop Desmond Tutu born and bread in Mankweteng, his legacy lives on , we are him and he is us. I grew up asking my family why the main road of Neserhof is Arch bishop Tutu leading to klerksdorp hospital, I was told he was born and bread here and the rest was history as we know it today. My family even showed me physically where he stayed in Makweteng , where history began….which today is my residential area at the moment. I say he is unsung in my community but as a young lion , I also say may his soul rest in peace but we will continue to strive his legacy and teach upcoming generations,I trust that the cadres of all parties in ward and community members of City of Matlosana at large will unite and revive his legacy in Makweteng , (Neserhof) today and city of matlosana at large. Let us carry the baton with pride like Arch did for all of us. To 90 decades we celebrate but to many more legacy decades. Long Live Arch TUTU long live !!
CMVO-SA Secretary General Jaco van As - secretarygeneral@cmvo.org.za
2021-12-29
Council of Military Veteran Organisations of South Africa' Chairperson Maj Gen (ret) Lawrence Smith and members of the MANCO pays tribute to late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu (*7 October 1931– 26 December 2021), share condolences to his family: wife Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, his children and grandchildren, and bid them blessings and strength during this time of bereavement. Late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu left a legacy and South Africa celebrated the Nobel Peace Prize Award in 1984 "for his role as a unifying leader figure in the non-violent campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid ...” The role that Archbishop Desmond Tutu played in the establishment of a culture of reconciliation amongst the diverse groupings of the so-called rainbow nation cannot be underestimated. Nobody else was more suited to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) than the Arch himself due to his integrity, empathy, and moral courage to expose injustices perpetrated against humanity. Under his leadership, the TRC became a space of truth, healing, and reconciliation. His outstanding qualities and hopeful passion to establish a peaceful coexistence amongst the diverse groups of our country remains inspirational even after his death. Salute. RIP. Die rol wat Aartsbiskop Emiritus Desmond Tutu gespeel het om ‘n kultuur van versoening tussen die verskillende groeperinge waaruit ons reënboognasie bestaan te vestig kan nouliks na waarde geskat word. Waarskynlik was geen ander mens meer geskik om die Waarheid en Versoeningskommissie (WVK) te lei dan hy nie, vanweë sy integriteit, menslikheid en moed om sonder skroom onreg uit te wys nie. Onder sy leiding het die WVK ‘n instrument van heling en versoening geword. Sy uitstaande lewenskwaliteite en hoopvolle passie vir versoening tussen die diverse groepe in ons land bly ‘n bron van inspirasie, selfs na sy dood. Saluut. RIV.
Tom & Karen Getman
2021-12-29
Dear beloved Mama Leah, children, spouses, grand children: Karen and I have grieved inconsolably since hearing of the departure from this earthly plain of our, and every ones', dearest Arch. Thank the Lord for how our lives were challenged, inspired, and redirected by such a faithful friend and persistent disciple-mentor. A quote from poet John O'Donohue is appropriate as we embrace you in your inexpressible loss: "Though we need to weep your loss, you dwell in that safe place in our hearts, where no storm or night or pain can reach. Your love was like the dawn brightening over our lives, awakening beneath the dark a further adventure of color. The sound of your voice found for us a new music that brightened everything". - On the Death of the Beloved-
Philip Farah, Palestinian-American, Vienna, Virginia.
2021-12-29
ستبقى ذكراك خالدة عند الملايين من الفلسطينيين، "ارش" دزموند توتو. لن ننسى وقوفك معنا ضد نظام الابارثيد الاسرائيلي . رؤساء ما يسمى بالعالم الحر يدعون اعجابهم بذكرى كفاحك لهزم النظام العنصري في بلادك، لكنهم لا يكفوا عن دعم نظام الاضطهاد العنصري الاسرائيلي. لقد فقدنا الارش ديزموند توتو الرجل الشجاع، لكن تركته الزكية و روحه السامية ستظلان معنا. Your memory will be eternal among millions of your Palestinian admirers, Arch Desmond Tutu. We shall never forget your standing with us against Israeli Apartheid. Leaders of the “Free World” praise your struggle for the defeat of the racist system in your country, but they continue to support the Israeli system of racist oppression. We have lost Arch Desmond Tutu, the brave man, but his honorable legacy and noble spirit will stay with us.
The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa
2021-12-29
The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) wishes to add to the voices of those celebrating the life of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. We especially appreciate his combination of reconciliation with justice. Reconciliation and justice are the two key values of our Confession of Belhar, about which we dialogued with Desmond Tutu often. He set an example of reconciliation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, teaching us to listen compassionately to one another’s story and to act on the correction of injustice. The URCSA conveys its deepest condolences to his family, and celebrates the life of Desmond Tutu as a really great, but humble, man of God.
Rehana Khan Parker Lions New Voices D410W
2021-12-29
#ArchbishopDesmondTutu A legend passed on. MHDSRIP Hamba kahle Archbishop Tutu
Lorna Cammock
2021-12-29
Here in Scotland I tell everyone that I share a birthday with Nelson Mandela. Desmond Tutu and I were born in the same year. I remember hearing about the long ago World Council of Churches when Desmond Tutu grinned and said 'Take the symbol of the rainbow. Many making one.' Heaven is enriched by your presence. I will meet you there.
Mary and Josef Pampalk, Vienna, Austria
2021-12-29
Desmund Tutu was an outspoken and fearless critic of injustice, oppression and corruption both within and beyond South Africa. May the memory of his gracious and joyful spirit, along with his humility and compassion live within us and give hope and inspiration to future generations.
Ilse Appel
2021-12-29
Your spirit of resilience, determination & joy will endure. Thank you, for all you have achieved through your various Foundations, for the people of South Africa , especially her children. You succeeded in allowing the voiceless to be heard. Rest in peace.
Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, Atlanta, Georgia, on behlaf of PCAP.
2021-12-29
We, members of the Board of the U.S. based Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP,) join millions of freedom-loving people all over the world in mourning the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was a powerful, joyful, and gentle voice for the oppressed not only in his native land, but everywhere. Through the same lens that witnessed the long struggle for justice of his own people against apartheid in South Africa, his brief tours of Palestinian communities aching under the weight of Israeli tyranny quickly led him to condemn Israeli apartheid. His understanding of the essence of the Christian message as one that actively sides with the downtrodden drove him to support the Palestinian boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement. We celebrate his life and the legacy of speaking truth to power that he leaves behind. Rest in peace and power, Rev. Desmond Tutu.
King Kulz
2021-12-29
Lala ngoxolo Arch. You have beeeeen a saint for a peaceful democratic transition. Your own people recognise that status better. You are finally among the real leaders, what a relief that must be. I like that you have been vocal about how you hate the greedy, crass, evil ruling party. They act today as they care, omitting the fact that you cannot support them. The ANC should not tarnish nor capitalise on your good name as they did Tata Madiba. Please look down on our people and guide us from a better view. All they have is misinformation and disinformation shaping their hearts and minds. I am so sorry you died not seeing a better Africa for black people. Your manners and stories have already inspired next-gen social justice warriors. The struggle has to stop at some stage- in some form... I hope your death is not used as post-Madiba propaganda, but to be something socially awakening. As we mourn, the spirit of Azania feels down during the festive season. As hope seems foreign to her many youths, I say to them Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Rage! Rage! against the dying of the light
劉貽
2021-12-28
願上帝賜圖圖大主教的永恆的安息。
Statement by Graça Machel on the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
2021-12-28
I find myself profoundly saddened by the departure of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and simultaneously in celebration of his rich legacy. Amid these mixed emotions, I mourn the loss of a brother, my loyal friend and my spiritual leader. Arch is the last of an extraordinarily outstanding generation of leaders that Africa birthed and gifted to the world. I, as a Mozambican, can recall a time where the struggle against Apartheid was epitomized by the faces and voices of three giants: the exiled and revolutionary Oliver Tambo booming across radios and televisions on the world stage; the imprisoned yet omnipresent symbol of resistance that was Nelson Mandela; and Desmond Tutu, the leader from inside South Africa whose messages were too penetrating to be ignored and whose voice too powerful to be silenced. From the pulpit, skilfully wielding his moral authority, Arch passionately condemned Apartheid and eloquently pressed for sanctions against the racist regime. In a style unique unto himself, he masterfully used his position as a cleric to mobilize South Africans, Africans, and the global community against the brutalities and immorality of the Apartheid government. Fighting for freedom from the trenches of South Africa required courage that cannot be described. Day by day, minute by minute, every step he took he was shaping the course of history. Every sentence he spoke impacted the lives of millions, and both unified and empowered those in the noble struggle against Apartheid. How momentous a weight this must have been to shoulder. And yet he stood resolute and fearless, leading demonstrations cloaked in his flowing clerical robe with his cross as his shield—the embodiment of humankind’s moral conscience. And his voice of reason reverberated throughout the transition to democracy. Amid the unspeakable horrors of Apartheid, there was a desperate need to initiate a process for accountability and healing. As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established, it required someone steeped in faith, morality, impartiality, integrity and a boundless capacity for empathy to steer its momentous course. Madiba appointed Arch as its Chairman, and the decision to have Tutu steward such a crucial building block of South Africa’s democracy was one masterstroke of the Mandela administration. I recognize that the reconciliation process is unfinished and some young Africans have misgivings about the efficacy of the TRC. It is my hope that the youth of today, who have not experienced the brutalities of Apartheid in the flesh, will grow to understand the historic challenges Arch and those of his generation faced, and how they navigated them to the best of their abilities under the complex circumstances which they found themselves. Many, like Arch, walked the tightrope, negotiating ways and means to save lives and avert war, recognizing the pain and suffering of victims, and simultaneously trying to hold to account the guilty and bring about healing to countless millions. Arch was guided through the minefields of nation-building by his deep commitment to justice and respect for human rights and human dignity. Being aware I might be biased, I bow to the courage of how the TRC was led. Arch created a moral space to confront both the oppressors and the victims and recognized that freedom had to be enjoyed alongside the respect for human rights. From the time of Apartheid until the end of his life, Arch’s leadership in the pursuit of justice has been unparalleled. To the young generations of South Africa, Southern Africa, and Africa – it is in your hands now to cultivate your own outstanding leadership to meet the challenges of your time. You have your own historic mission at hand. Take inspiration from Arch’s life to carve out your own legacy. Arch’s long list of charitable acts and social activism are too many to enumerate here, but I especially hold dear the instrumental role he played in the leadership of “The Elders”. At Madiba’s request, he accepted to Chair “The Elders” and led the organization in our work to advance equality, justice and freedom globally. I have come to revere Arch’s leadership. Having experienced it at a public and private level, I am overwhelmed by the void this departure and closure of this chapter leaves in our society and in the world. And on a most intimate note, history will record that Arch was the guiding light that brought Madiba and I together in our formal union. He encouraged us to respect and perform the rituals of marriage our society demands. I am forever and deeply grateful to him for his wise counsel and loving support. To my very dear sister, Leah: I stand in tender solidarity with you and your family. Arch’s departure leaves a void that is impossible to fill in the public space, and this loss is even more acutely felt in the heart and in the home. I am and will be always here for you. I am holding your hand as you walk along the hauntingly beautiful journey of living with a giant, while also living without him. Rest in Peace, Arch, my dear brother. My love and deep respect to you always, your sister Graça.
The Graça Machel Trust
2021-12-28
Remembering Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world – Desmond Tutu. The Graça Machel Trust joins Africa in mourning the passing of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Tutu Family on this devastating loss. Archbishop Tutu will be remembered as a social rights activist, a source of wisdom, moral authority and deep empathy who stood for all that is right and just. The principles of justice, equality and freedom have been the hallmark of his existence. He fought to reject abuses of power and called for peace – both during apartheid as well as in post-apartheid South Africa, earning him the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 – a full decade before the formation of a democratic South Africa. The nobility of his life’s work, his steadfast and influential voice for the voiceless serves as an inspiration to the Graça Machel Trust, our networks, and the millions of women and children on the continent whose lives we aim to impact. The Archbishop taught the world to embrace the concept of “human invaluableness” and believe in community and unity. As we remember Archbishop Tutu, an African icon, we can only honour his memory by working to build a world of equality, peace and justice. May His Soul Rest in Peace.
Universal Society of Hinduism
2021-12-28
Hindus have offered condolences on the death of Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, who died on December 26 in Cape Town. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that they were saddened by the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an esteemed peace leader of high moral integrity and unwavering faith in human rights for all. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that they appreciated and admired Tutu’s campaigns against apartheid, inequality, injustice; his commitment to improving the human condition, just struggle, non-violence, peaceful racial reconciliation, poverty eradication, righteousness; his encouraging of forgiveness, inclusion, tolerance, Rajan Zed further said they commended the moral and principled leadership and solid moral convictions of Tutu; a great humanitarian and human rights champion; and his efforts at spreading compassion and love.
C. Snayders
2021-12-28
Our dear Arch was indeed a man of God. He truly practiced what he preached. His love for God and his fellow man really made him an extraordinary remarkable priest. He wasn’t fearful of adversity and stood by what he believed in. His laughter and humour will indeed be missed by all. A giant his indeed fallen. Rest in peace and Rise in glory good and faithful servant, may you share in the everlasting joys of God’s kingdom. We will miss you , our dear Arch.
Enrico Fourie
2021-12-28
We were privileged and blessed for so long to be in the arc of ure profound humanity and generosity of spirit as u shepherded us to the end of Apartheid. Now it is time to say farewell and allow u to rest. Our deepest condolences goes out Ma Leah, the family, ure colleages and friends.
Rev. Eilert L. Rostrup, director
2021-12-28
We, the Karibu Foundation in Norway, wish to convey our deepest felt condolences to the Tutu family for the loss of dear Arch. His contribution to global justice and reconciliation, and the compassion and love he expressed and lived in the encounter with all suffering and oppressed people has been a great inspiration for us in our foundation and in the whole Karibu network. We remember with gratitude all the joyous and challenging encounters we’ve had with him through several decades, and his spiritual and moral leadership will guide us for many years to come. In gratitude, The Karibu Foundation
Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie
2021-12-28
Archbishop Tutu’s death almost brings to an end an era. May his death generate moral leadsership anew for future generations. He taught us how important it was to laugh, to cry and to fight injustice and never be afraid to say it like it is. I remember his line that if anyone can prove apartheid was sanctioned by the Bible he would rip it into shreds. Such strength and courage. One of Africa’s giants - that was our Tutu.
Sarika Ramdayal
2021-12-28
Thank you, farewell and rest in peace Archbishop. You are loved and will be sorely missed. Your legacy will forever be in our hearts and we hope to be the kind of human being you were and wished us all to be... Your laughter and outlook on life is and always will be inspiring to me
Macedonian World Youth Congress - Macedonia
2021-12-28
On behalf of the Macedonian World Youth Congress we send our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to beloved Leah, Thandi, Trevor, Nontombi and Mpho and extended family as well to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. The world lost his eternal optimist, advocate of human rights and a true servant against injustice in his country and globally. His struggle will remain as a source of inspiration in our memory forever. May your soul rest in eternal peace 'Arch'. Macedonian World Youth Congress International NG Organization
Theodore W Williams
2021-12-28
South Africa has lost one of the living angels...I've met the Archbishop a couple of times and you could always feel his presence...what a humbled person he was...Thank you sir...may you R.I.P...
Lorraine & Rudi
2021-12-28
The world has lost one of the greatest men to have ever lived! The world is richer for his teachings and legacy and poorer for his passing. My his most beloved soul rest in eternal peace! Lorraine&Rudi Vienna Austria
Gabriel Mc Govern.
2021-12-28
A true spiritual leader, who brought joy and hope to this broken world of ours. His infectious laugh and joyful spirit,his uplifting spoken words, will live in our memories.
Petra und Volker, Germany
2021-12-28
We feel with everyone else who is full of grief now. But we can't believe that Tata Tutu will rest. We are sure, he will continue from where he is now to fight for justice and love and compassion. If we close our eyes, we can hear his voice, remembering his spoken words and his joyfull laughing.
Sheila Meintjes
2021-12-28
South Africa has lost one of the strongest voices urging compassion and forgiveness, yet also truth and justice after the long struggle against apartheid and its aftermath in the passing of Archbishop Tutu. He was an inspiration to all of us. My sincerest condolences to Mama Leah and to the Tutu family.
Michelle Merrill
2021-12-28
May Tutu rest in peace and in power. He embodied ubuntu, and inspired those who work for justice all around the world. His delightful laugh remains a source of joy to all who are fortunate enough to hear it.
Anna
2021-12-28
Our family feels a life-long gratitude and connection to Sir Archibishop Desmond Tutu. Though we of this generation hadn't the pleasure to meet him, he for many years worked with my Grandfather, Reverend/Grandad Shoki Coe. Grandad passed many years ago but his work, study and commitment to justice, love, truth and human rights alongside The Arch is present and deeply influential in our family today. Thank you to The Arch for his influence on our upbringing and the upbringing of our children. Blessings to your whole family and our hearts to you. May you walk forward in peace and love.
~Desmond Ugba
2021-12-28
Rest in Peace Bishop Desmond Tutu. An oratorical force whose leadership helped abolish apartheid in South Africa. He was a vocal advocate for peace “a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.” Archbishop Tutu used his position as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission “to reckon with oppressive pasts but also to hold the new democratic government accountable,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation said in a statement. “His contributions to struggles against injustice, locally and globally, are matched only by the depth of his thinking about the making of liberatory futures for human societies" He was an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd.” Rest in peace.
Kevin Chaplin
2021-12-28
Arch, you were loved by so many and were truly an extension of God's hands, eyes and feet on earth. You were a friend and mentor to me personally for over 20 years. I learnt so much from you. Words alone cannot describe how God blessed us with you. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for being the wonderful, amazing humanitarian sent by God. Thinking of Mama Leah and the family. X
Gibril A Jallow, Gambia.
2021-12-28
Life is a relay. One generation hands the baton to the next. Our Great and Lofty Moral compass has indeed handed us the baton. We owe him that this heirloom is not lost as we owe it to generations to come. Your spirit liveth, Arch!
CDT Foundation NPC, Johannesburg
2021-12-28
We give thanks for the Christian Moral Compass proclaimed by the Archbishop and prayer that the Christian Community will follow his example
Dr. Lutz van Dijk, Cap Town and Amsterdam
2021-12-28
Our sincere condolences to you as Tutu Family, especially Mama Leah ! The Arch blessed our HOKISA children's home at the opening on World Aids Day 2002 in Masiphumelele (south of Cape Town) and remained the most beloved "Tata Tutu" for all children and us adults always ! He visited us and the Masiphumelele community also in the years to come (one photo on your gallery shows him with us) and he kept encouraging us to never give up. As the Xhosa word Masiphumelele means: We will make it ! You will be in our hearts always, Tata ! With all our love and on behalf of all children and adults at the HOKISA children's Home, Lutz Dr Lutz van Dijk www.hokisa.co.za
Gerard van Niekerk
2021-12-28
Thank you for teaching us what Ubuntu is.
The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas, Hoboken, NJ (USA)
2021-12-28
The archbishop had the uncanny ability of making others feel as if they were the most important person in the room, because clearly he believed that each human is beloved of God. I have fond memories of time spent with him in Cape Town, telling stories and cackling with glee. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
URCSA Cape
2021-12-28
The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA), Cape Synod, herewith wishes to express its deep-felt condolences to the Tutu family, the Anglican church and all those mourning the passing of Archbishop Tutu. We truly are grateful for the presence of Desmond Tutu in the life of all faith communities including our own over the many years. He revealed a particular kind of activism, uniquely different, witnessing differently, standing for the truth differently, obeying what clearly was God’s presence in his life. He had a presence that was infectiously embracing, consoling and deliberate. A man of God passed this way, and our church deems it an honor to have had him in our midst, walking alongside our prophets, in our country and in the global south. The mystery of God’s presence is seldom revealed – in the person of the Arch, God was present. URCSA Cape Moderamen
Hamb'Ekukhanyeni Contextual Theology Collective (HECTiC), kwaLanga
2021-12-28
Phumla ngoxolo Archbishop Tutu, mkhonzi kaThixo olungileyo nothembekileyo; nyana womhlaba weAfrika.
Apostle Bishop Dr CD van der Westhuizen, Leadership & Congregation of the RESTORATION MINISTRIES OF S.A INTERNATIONAL
2021-12-28
We Honor the life of our Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. His Wife, children & grand children The Republic of South-Africa really lost a great man, father and Mentor. May God comfort his beloved wife Ma'am Leah and all his children. May you all be strong in this difficult time and may God wipe down the tears of our beautiful country South-Africa. May she find peace and may us all Leaders take up the branches of our late Bishop Tutu. May we take up his great work. May us unite and follow what he taught us. To have peace, bring peace and give love as Christ love us. Long shall you life Father Arch Bishop Desmond E Tutu.
Hitesh Dave & Familia
2021-12-28
Sympathies & Condolences to the Tutu and extended family. May the departed soul receive peace on its onward journey. The Arch will be dearly missed. Regards from Dave Familia 🙏🏼💕🌺
Dr. Fred & Mrs. Constance Sambrone
2021-12-28
Loving, forgiving, strong, joyfully lived, amazing man of God! Those words and so many others describe the wonderful Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It was our sincere honor and proud privilege to worship with him, to dine with him, and to call him a friend. We will sadly miss his glistening smile and his joyous spirit. Rest dear friend as you now celebrate with God. Lovingly, Dr. Fred & Mrs. Constance Sambrone
June and Allan Wentzel
2021-12-28
I worked closely with the Archbishop at SACC. However, we as a family were privileged to receive his lovely care in times of sorrow and joy
The Embassy of France in South Africa
2021-12-28
The selfless guidance and spiritual leadership of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stretched far across the borders of South Africa, reaching the hearts of the people of France. In 1998, during his State Visit to South Africa, French President Jacques Chirac awarded the Archbishop with France's Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour decoration, the highest rank for non heads of state. The Arch stood out as a leader who led by example with his own life and actions, including in the struggle against apartheid, bringing kindness and healing in the darkest of times. Even after your death, your light will never cease to shine. As the Embassy of France in South Africa, we have been honoured to partner with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on several occasions, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in honour of your legacy.
Neil Cole
2021-12-28
We always felt safe in the presence of The Arch. The brutality of the apartheid regime was no match for our longing for freedom and the guidance and leadership of our beloved Tutu. The journey towards a better world continues…
Alastair Keith Fredericks🇿🇦
2021-12-28
My deepest condolences to the family and extended family with the loss of such an icon in our land. May your soul RIP and rise in glory Our beloved Arch Desmond Tutu 🙏😢😢😢You was a inspiration to us and a beacon of hope and light on our African continent. Thank you for your time and immense contribution to our beloved land South Africa 🇿🇦WE SALUTE YOU OUR BELOVED Emeritus Arch🙏
Thabang Ndlovu
2021-12-28
We give thanks to God for the life and ministry of The Arch. May God sanctify his transition...
derek Florey
2021-12-28
I Never met Desmond Tutu but I owe him a lot. im from the Uk and one day I was sitting in a coffeeshop Thinking about whether or not to join my local churtch and consider becoming confirmed . I had huge reservations as I am gay but whilst thinking about all this I was reading Desmond Tutu's book in Gods Hands and it came to the section that touches on this issue in an instant my doubts melted away I joined my local Church and became confirmed . I was not only inspired by what Desmond Tutu had to say on that issue but there was something so loving and so infectious and powerful about the way he spoke and the way he expressed love and compassion to so many . His Words have oftem moved me to tears and always inspired me and given me a renewed sense of energy and I truly think helped me be closer to god .
Al Lopez
2021-12-28
Arch Tutu, thank you for your toil and your teachings. We have learned a lot from you. Now you can say: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
Rehana khan Parker
2021-12-28
Hamba Kahle Respected Archbishop Tutu , you served us well and we are blessed that your moral conscience brought us freedom. Rest in eternal Peace. Deepest sympathy to the family
Maphefa Joel Rasekgala
2021-12-28
The death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu feels so personal, it has left me, and possibly many others, grief stricken. It feels like a loss of the father who bore me. Thank you Arch Tutu for a live well lived, with great purpose to humanity. Condolences to mom Leah and family. You are in our hearts and payers.
Sr. Patricia CHN- Diocese of Zululand
2021-12-27
To Tutu Family Your lost is that of the world. Arch was indescribable because of all that bestowed upon him and he fulfill what he was sent to do. His love and smile will always be in our hearts. He loved and supported Religious Life communities. Every year, we received flowers and a basket of goodies from him and mama Leah. We received profession cards of remembrance to remind us of our commitment and vows. May his soul rest in peace.
Horst Kleinschmidt
2021-12-27
Thank you for all you did and will still be for humankind in future. Thank you for returning us our common humanity when everything was bleak. Thank you for showing kindness with solidarity, for empathy and your willingness to forgive. You have made it easier for those from perpetrator backgrounds to one day share together at the same human table with those who were the victims because of their colour and class.
Libuseng Tshabalala
2021-12-27
Enkosi Tata, siyabulela you will always be remembered for the great examplery Christian Leader you have been to our nation. May we become like you and stand boldly to give counsel and rebuke any form of injustice and corruption in our society. You spoke the truth in love always, may your rest in eternal peace and rise in glory 🙌 To Mama and the whole family, ngxesi and may the God of all comfort you, comfort and strengthen you now and forever more🙏
Mary Izobo
2021-12-27
“I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.” —Desmond Tutu This is and will always be my favourite quote of Desmond Tutu particularly as it is pertinent in my journey of the respect of human rights in Africa. A global leader, Africa’s leader and the son of his forefathers, who through his human rights work made his objective around a just and democratic society without racial divide. A man who fought against racial inequality and apartheid. A global leader who embodied ‘ubuntu’ and forgiveness from the perspective of human rights and transitional justice. May your legacy continue as thousands of us will continue to stand up for what is just and we will never be silenced. Thank you for gracing the world with your presence. Heaven has gained an Angel and those emulating your role, a guardian Angel. You will always remain our hero by your indelible footprints of truth , courage and sagacity. Rest in power Tata!!! ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 Thank you 🙏🏾
Southern Africa Documentation and Co-operation Centre (SADOCC), Vienna/Austria
2021-12-27
Desmond Tutu, then still the Secretary General of the SACC, has been a source of motivation and encouragement to us in the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Austria, 1994 transformed into SADOCC. His political contribution to the downfall of institutionalised racism in South Africa, to truth and reconciliation and to international solidarity was outstanding. But he will also be remembered for his theological approach, his wisdom and friendliness, and not at least his humour. We are grateful for the personal contacts maintained since 1986. His moral leadership will be missed not only in South Africa but worldwide.
David Bonbright
2021-12-27
We are all diminished at your passing, Arch. It's not your fault! You did all you could, and more, to prepare us for this day. It is ours now to remember, to study your life, and to strive for the example that you set for us. We are yours, and you are ours. Forever. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Tsering Passang
2021-12-27
The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities are sending sincere condolences and many prayers to the family & friends of Nobel Peace Laureate, Revd. Archbishop Desmond Tutu at this very difficult time. We are very saddened by the loss of our world's Great Religious Leader and Human Rights Champion. Desmond Tutu Rest in Peace With prayers, Tsering Passang Founder & Chairman Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities
Bethina Walbaum
2021-12-27
This news has hit me right in the heart. Ngibuhlungu. I am very sad and at the same time infinitely grateful for all that I have been able to learn through Bishop Tutu. This gratitude helps me in my grief. Since the end of the 1970s, Bishop Tutu has been my inspiration and guidance, both during Apartheid and later. I will honour Bishop Tutu's legacy. Hamba kahle!
Ulrike, Johanna and Liz Kistner
2021-12-27
With sadness in our hearts and deep respect we wish to express our condolences to the Tutu family.
Thembi Marokana
2021-12-27
Rest in eternal peace Archbishop. May the family find peace that lasts. We will always remember you. Beyond the rainbow. Your voice and manner will forever be etched in our hearts. Your legacy is in good hands. Hamba Kahle!
Mark balsillie
2021-12-27
1985 a then ten year old kiwi boy did his homework on a man he had no idea about rushing to complete it before he went to school He got in trouble for not doing his homework I will never forget that idea that I learned in only five minutes before class it was so simple …
Thierry Lescure
2021-12-27
Beaucoup de peine et de tristesse à l'annonce du départ de Desmond Tutu. Ce fût une Belle Personne avec une Belle Âme. Que son sourire légendaire et sa joie de vivre illuminent son paradis inclusif!
Adriana
2021-12-27
You were love, unconditional and unapologetic. If I could be a fraction of the amazing human you were I would be ahead. Rest In Peace beautiful soul.
Megan Barnes and HRH Princess Teneal, Sydney Australia
2021-12-27
You may know the story of a family from Sydney Australia but let me please reiterate My role as a Customs Officer was to streamline the process for VIP’s through Sydney Airport I was 5 months pregnant with Teneal when an ultrasound revealed a cleft lip and palate. Then I met Arch and Mama Leah - I asked Arch to bless my baby Arch had just had prostrate surgery and his surgeon was born with a cleft lip as well “All will be well - your daughter wil be brilliant just like my surgeon” he uttered as both he and mama hugged and blessed me At the birth of Teneal the obstetrician screamed “his blessing worked your baby only has a cleft lip. Her palate is in tact” Take this as you may - but the relationship I have had with this great man from Our cricket banter over email, his concern for anything in the Australian news and his pure love for our family will be imprinted in our families history We made 2 visits to the great land for his birthday all my family having the pleasure to dine with him and be in his company We sent over thousands of soccer shirts, knitting, clothing for the underprivileged children We did it for the pure love this man has shown my family over many years I will miss you Arch With a very heavy heart I say “With much love and blessings I kiss you goodbye” #tutu #DesmondTutu
Daniel Byamungu Dunia
2021-12-27
Rest in Peace Arch, I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was a critical figure in the fight against xenophobic violence in South africa and will be remembered for his spiritual leadership . You will be missed by the Refugee community in South Africa.
Barbara Walsh and Danny Tuckwood
2021-12-27
The world is so much richer for your life Arch, and will be so much poorer without you in it. May your star shine brightly on us all. Our hearts go out to the Tutu family in this sad time.
Parsia Tayebi
2021-12-27
Dear Arch, thank you for all that you have given to this world. I wish Leah and the family much strength. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Your wisdom and activism will be missed greatly. I miss you my dear friend. 🙏
Mike Batley, CEO
2021-12-27
As the Restorative Justice Centre (www.rjc.co.ca ), while we never interacted with the Arch directly, we were privileged to feature him on 2 videos we made promoting restorative justice. We so appreciated his explanation of the concept and his active endorsement of it. We trust that his legacy will continue to bear fruit for many years to come.
Stuart Fair
2021-12-27
The world has lost an amazing leader. South Africa has lost a brave and loyal son. The church has lost a man of God never afraid to fight for right. Society has lost a man of humanity and humility. The Tutu family has lost a loving husband, father and grandfather. I have lost a mentor and friend. We mourn together
Kate Farina
2021-12-27
A guiding star, always
Kenneth Mabaso
2021-12-27
We have missed a trully father of the nation may his soul rest in peace
Bethina Walbaum
2021-12-27
This news has hit me right in the heart. Ngibuhlungu. I am very sad and at the same time infinitely grateful for all that I have been able to learn through Bishop Tutu. This gratitude helps me in my grief. Since the end of the 1970s, Bishop Tutu has been my inspiration and guidance, both during Apartheid and later. I will honour Bishop Tutu's legacy. Hamba kahle!
Marthinus and Suzette van Schalkwyk.
2021-12-27
Archbishop Tutu could “…. walk with kings - nor lose the common touch…” He embodied the values that we as a nation respects. A rare ability to transcend all the divisions that many others elevate to significance: race, gender, religion, language, orientation. A life well lived and a testimony to what faith means in practice.
Prof Dr Charlton D van der Westhuizen
2021-12-27
Our beautiful country lost a big tree, and the Tutu tree branches needs to be pick up and his work must still remain. It brings us with deep emptyness with the passing of Arch Bishop Dr Desmond E Tutu. I want to use this platform to encourage his wife First Lady Leah, children and grandchildren. May God comforts you all and my prayer is with your family. May hia death draw you all together and also our people of South-Africa. May Gods peace be with you all, and may He forfull the emptyness and give you all the guidance you need. May your soul rest in glorious peace Bishop, may your spirit live long in the hearts of your family and in the hearts of our people in SA. Isaiah 43: The word of God say. Dont be affraid, I called you on your name You mine. Hamba Khahle Tata We love and adore your spirit
Ver
2021-12-27
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has shown us the way...it is our duty as Human Rights Activists to choose the right path. Rest in Power our moral compass - Salute
Ulrike, Johanna and Liz Kistner
2021-12-27
With sadness in our hearts and deep respect we wish to express our condolences to the Tutu family.
Michaelangelo Liebers
2021-12-27
Dear Family Of late Bishop Desmond Tutu and fellow South Africans He bwlieved in Lord Jesus Christ john 14:6 jesus said I am the way truth and light and saidwhat god and savior jesus wants us too do being love and peace in the world and love which that is what god is love amen not hate the devil is that. He did and finished his race and coarse and believed Romans 14:11 Every Knee Shall Bow Mouth and tongue confess and praised jesus john 10:30 Jesus said the father and I are one. Lets learn too love New Year 2022.
Henrietta R. Hudson, South Carolina, USA
2021-12-27
I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Tutu Family on the loss of The Arch Desmond. I admired him for the stances that he has taken against apartheid and for human rights worldwide.
Loretta Jacobus
2021-12-27
Sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Mama Leah and the Tutu family, the Anglican Church (and the Faith-based Fraternity), Mzansi and indeed the World on the very sad passing of the Arch. May we ALL be surrounded by Love and Light during this very difficult period. Yes, we mourn the Arch's passing but let us also celebrate his life, legacy and memory. His voice of Truth and Justice will be sorely missed in the Political and Social discourse of our Country and the World. May the wonderful soul of the Arch rest in Perfect Peace 🙏🕊🌹✊
Pastor Paul Koza Secunda Mpumalanga
2021-12-27
To Mam Tutu and family at large Thank you for the gift to the nation,a giant of faith,fearless leader. We have learned alot from u Tata forgiveness and reunion after so many years in oppression. May God raise a leader like him in our Nation. Rest Tata
Charles Mathumo
2021-12-27
Robala ka kgotso Ntate. Re tla sala le mesebetsi ya hao ye metle. Rest in peace. We thank God for making you available to us and also thank you.
Jane Badham
2021-12-27
So many moment memories of this great man of faith - his always justified anger, his ability to listen intently, his heartfelt tears, his incredible commitment to prayer, his spontaneity, sense of humour and of course his laughing, singing and dancing. Incredible is to think how when he was made Dean and later Bishop in Johannesburg, so many were outraged and stopped giving to the church - many of those same people came to also call him the Arch! I simply cannot say rest in peace as I can only see him now free and whole singing and dancing at the party in heaven to welcome him. Much love to Mama Leah (always at his side and his pillar of strength), the children and all the family. Now it is up to us to continue the struggle for social justice in the country he/I love so deeply.
Yashika Singh
2021-12-27
Respected Archbishop. We miss your charismatic presence and your laughter. Moreover your many lessons of compassion and humility. Know that the legacy you leave, will always be remembered. Was an honour working with you and knowing you from the days of WCRP and inter-faith engagement. A great son of Africa-icon and visionary. Yashika Singh- SABC
Bishop Christopher Gregorowski
2021-12-27
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU “The Arch” has been a wonderful example to us in so many ways! We have been enriched by his love, his pastoral care, his infectious joy, his sense of fun and above all his courageous leadership in very painful, tense and tragic circumstances in South Africa. I shall never forget the Great March through the streets of Cape Town on 13th September 1989, which sounded the death knell of apartheid. As he said with great glee shortly afterwards, “We marched in Cape Town, and the Berlin Wall came down!” I have been most grateful to him for the unique way in which he wove into one seamless garment his deep and infectious spirituality and his thirst and courageous demand for justice. I was deeply moved and inspired at one of the many protests in Saint George’s Cathedral — often on these occasions it was difficult to tell whether we were in a service of prayer and worship or at a protest rally. The speaker before him, a man of the cloth, tore into the apartheid government in general and the state president in particular, in the manner of a firebrand, with no holds barred. The Arch then came to the lectern, waited for a hush to descend on the packed church, and addressed the same state president by his name, called him “my brother” and with tears in his voice pleaded with him as a fellow human being to exercise his responsibility and power justly and fairly, and regard all people as the precious children of God they are. We are deeply grateful to him for living the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with such passion and authenticity, and thereby challenging us all to do the same. He has influenced our lives immeasurably. We send our love and deep condolences to MaLeah and the Tutu family, Bishop Christopher Gregorowski.
Brian Alborough
2021-12-27
We will miss you, you stood tall when Apartheid and injustice sought to bring you down. South Africans everywhere will miss your moral standing, your devotion to God.
COLLINS THOMAS MGBO
2021-12-27
Nigeria Union South Africa(NUSA) would like to express her heartfelt condolences to the family of Archbisop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. He was an epitome of Peace. May his Soul Rest in Peace. Collins Thomas Mgbo President (NUSA )
Mosala Klaas Seelamo from Pretoria
2021-12-27
Condolences to the Tutu family. Their loss is the loss of our South Africa and the world at large . May the soul of the Arch rest in peace and rise and glory. He taught us Resurrection Is Promised(RIP) and in GOD we trust🙏
Samuel Maputso
2021-12-27
Dear and Beloved Arch, What an honor and enlightening was to meet you. It was meant to be meeting on possible partnership in a leadership development program for my NGO, but your passionate words converted me and my colleague into two advocates for inclusiveness and women empowerment. I also thank you for a great lesson of humility and servant leadership. Those 30 minutes some 20 years ago are still counting in my life. Rest In Power
Chris Copolillo
2021-12-27
Thank you Archbishop and Tutu family for giving to the world your enduring legacy of kindness, your crackling energy, your depth of feeling. I had the great privilege to transcribe some of the archbishop’s notes for a month in Cape Town and read his persistent calls for justice and human compassion - an experience for which I will be always grateful. May he rest in peace.
Andrea Iris Schäfer with Bryce, Moana, Tane, Riko and Paikea, Germany
2021-12-27
Dear Leah, dear Mpho, dear family and friends, with great sadness we heard the news on boxing day morning and wish that you were all together and that the Arch passed peacefully. What a choice of moment just after Christmas when we all are full of love. In 1991 I got my first speeding fine rushing to church in Soweto, somewhere outside the Tutu residence. It was the time of the referendum - a time where past activism started to bear fruit bringing much needed change. I watched some of the events and was reprimanded for it, too dangerous. The experience and the learnings have left a deep impression on me. In early 2008 the Arch wrote a foreword for a water & sanitation conference book I composed, I was so so humbled. In 2009 I got to meet him in person in Edinburgh - WOW. Having given birth to 4 children quite consciously, in this moment of standing next to him my mind lost control, overwhelmed by his presence. What power and love, I will never forget this moment, him cracking jokes and him holding our baby son. He has managed to communicate - send flowers - be so superhuman and yet so humble. We are really sad, of course we wanted him to live forever, meet him again, have him offer wisdom in an increasingly challenging world. Pray for this world. Yet we are of course also most happy and grateful for his life that he lived so fully and inspirationally. The books he wrote and that will be available for generations to come. Speaking up on all matters that matter and taking the inevitable resistance and opposition so gracefully, backed by a faith that we all need so much. It was a great gift the movies screened after the 90th birthday peace lecture. The story of him praying behind the wheel, having just narrowly escaped death caused loud laughter this evening in our house. I think he will be more comfortable in heaven and possibly even more effective setting things straight from up there. We shall look forward to feeling his presence. Thank you for everything and blessings to you Leah who must miss him terribly!
Mr jody Brachman
2021-12-27
Hi how are you I am good u I was writing to u to give my. Condoleses to.u and yr family etc. I loved his preaching etc. He seemed like a nice guy I will.miss him.so. RIP take care bye
Romaney Pinnock
2021-12-26
Thank you for being a pillar of joy and a symbol of doing what is right and just! We owe you so much
Jennifer Jullies
2021-12-26
Rest in Peace Arch,I considered you a true gentleman. You' ll be missed by so many
Charlotte and Allan Weppenaar Pedersen, Denmark and South Africa
2021-12-26
Dear Arch, may you rest in Peace and rise in Glory. Thank you so much for all the times we spent together with you and family and our group. You will stay in our hearts forever.
Kim Hope
2021-12-26
Hamba Kahle, most dear, most loved, most respected Desmond Tutu. I first met you at the TRC in Joburg, with the beautiful Sister Maureen, who was your spiritual advisor. You were weeping for the people so damaged by apartheid. You were such an inspiration and so generous with your time and your name. You were a Patron of The Themba HIV and AIDS Organisation, and helped us so much. Thank you, thank you for all you did for us and for all of South Africa - and for the world.
Wilma Jakobsen
2021-12-26
Beloved Arch, global giant of justice, faith, joy, we miss you and we have to let you go. I am sure heaven has a huge party to welcome come you home. You leave a huge hole in the universe, help us to fill it and walk a tiny bit in your shoes, to make our world a better place. Thank you for being you, for being yourself, for sharing yourself with us and to the world. We will always love you. It was an enormous privilege to be ordained deacon and priest by you, to serve as your chaplain, and to care for you and Mam' Leah in Hermanus during the first seven months of Covid-19. I will drink hot chocolate and eat rum and raisin icecream and chocolate in your honour. Deepest condolences to beloved Mam' Leah, Trevor, Thandi, Nontombi and Mpho, and all your family and extended family.
Rowena Koert
2021-12-26
What a sad day for me, for us as South Africans.Desmond Tutu u will be remembered for your love for the Lord, your empathy, your laughter, for speaking the truth, for loving people & for spreading love throughout the world, your parents brought a miracle into this world the day u were born.Your love for children touched my soul long time ago, to your family, i feel this with you & i know his legacy will live on in your & our hearts. U sitting aroud the table with the angels today & God is celebrating bcos your work on earth is done His son has returned home.
Peter King, London
2021-12-26
I was privileged, as one of the founding trustees of the Tutu Foundation UK, to meet Arch on several occasions and to enjoy his sense of humour as well as his insights. He is and remains one of my heroes.
Ruth Daniels
2021-12-26
We have lost an amazing man of God, a leader, a person that was not afraid to fight for those who didn't have a voice, a humble and compassionate person.... You are going to be missed Archbishop Desmond but God knows best and you've run the race well. Surely you were welcomed into His kingdom with a host of angelic voices. Rest sweetly now in the precious arms of Jesus.
The Revd Dr Graham St.John-Willey, Grand Prior of the Knights Templar in All Britain
2021-12-26
We "Knights Templar in All Britain" salute Archbishop Tutu as he passes Home to Glory to meet mutual our Saviour Jesus Christ. May his example of humble and courageous leadership in the struggle for peace and justice inspire many others to continue the fight. Thank you Brother - a true Knight of Christ.
Calvyn Protestant Church
2021-12-26
The Calvin Protestant Church of South Africa wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to the family of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu (‪1931-2021‬) on his passing on Sunday 26 December 2021. We mourn with his wife, Mam' Leah Tutu, their children, together with the Church of the Province of Southern Africa and the worldwide Anglican Community. Archbishop Tutu played a pivotal role in the fight against apartheid and other forms of injustices. His many lists of accomplishments includes being the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, the first Black Archbishop of Cape Town, recipient of the Noble Peace Prize, and the chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He fulfilled these roles with courage and wisdom and with his initimable sense of humor. His was a strong moral voice who continued to shine a spotlight on injustices. We wish the family and the current Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Reverend Thabo Magkoba, well over the next few days as they begin the preparations of laying to rest this beloveth son of the soil. May God comfort all of us who mourn. May the soul of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu rest in peace and rise in glory. Issued on behalf of the Moderature of the CPC of SA, Ds. Darrell Mackriel, Scriba Synodi
Marc Reusch
2021-12-26
Thank you God for Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, for his life and his legacy. He is now where he believed to be at the end of this life: Sheltered in our Lords hand and in his eternal love.
Elvis Hobyana
2021-12-26
Tata Arch Bishop Tutu, you were a true servant of the masses of this country and above all, a flamboyant and dedicated servant of God. The role that you have played in helping to defeat apartheid and bringing in the rainbow nation shall ever be cherished including your fearlessness in terms of condemning and speaking against the wrong way of doing things.May your soul rest in eternal peace.
Phillip Woodward
2021-12-26
I was fortunate to meet him twice he was being harassed by the press back stage at a concert in london where I cycled with 26 cyclist from lands end to london. I joined the ride in Swindon. I was pushing through the crowd backstage to get a drink and there was a huge group of people and as I pushed through I came face to face with him. To cut to the point he shock my hand and raised it and kissed it and said bless you my son as I had inadvertently made a space for him through the press. I was appalled as I heard one of the press people say we are only here for him (not the cause) but he showed how he commanded and lead the cause. I hope he and Mandela have many happy memories that they can now discuss together. Rest in peace brother.
Dr R Ismail
2021-12-26
Very very heart sore tinged with painful nostalgia on the passing of our Father of our Nation. Words are not enough to express our loss to South Africa and the world in general . I so clearly remember the pivotal role he played together with Madiba in the Chris Hani Saga in averting a Civil War. He is and always will be our National Heritage that will remain priceless for posterity. We salute him for the Services he rendered to our country and the world , and pray that God gives his Family, Friends, and all well wishers the strength and wisdom to bear this huge loss with grace and equanimity. Rest in eternal peace , Archbishop .
Pierre du Preez
2021-12-26
Thank you Arch, fearless champion of the marginalised, the oppressed and the the forgotten, whose humanity, optimism and humour made us believe that it need not be so. Your message that each individual has infinite worth and limitless potential is simple, powerful and enduring.
Shereen Bejai
2021-12-26
You have inspired millions, an outstanding hero, your forthrightness, your words never to be forgotten, go well dearest, may your soul Rest in Peace.
Sir. John Mbotia.
2021-12-26
We pray for your soul to find heavens and rest in eternity. Thank you for sharing your Joy with the rest of humanity. RIP
Ann Bown and family
2021-12-26
Your light will shine eternally…as long as we have the courage to speak out and speak up, like you, when injustice, violence, corruption and dishonesty occurs before us. Rest Now Rest! 💜 Condolences to Mamma Leah and all the family.
Rajan Govender
2021-12-26
An Inspiration to Humanity....
Annette Loubser
2021-12-26
My condolences to the family and thank you for having supported Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu in his painful journey to guide and support us to understand the power and meaning of the Love of God and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ in our struggle for Justice and Peace in South Africa. May his Love and Joy continue to be amongst us as more than a memory, but , as also as a legacy. May he rest in Eternal Peace now.
Zanele Mtsweni
2021-12-26
RIP Arch. What a sad day for us. Thank you for your selfless sacrifices so that we would not have to endure the sufferings that you did. Your legacy of moral consciousness, peace, forgiveness, love, compassion, social justice will live on for generations. We salute you Tata! You have run your race, now is your time to rest. Hamba kahle Tata and Rest in Power!!!
Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance
2021-12-26
Archbishop Desmond Tutu- Lovingly remembered. Sincere condolences to his wife Nomalizo Leah Tutu, his family and all those he loved. Your legacy will live on in our children. RIP. Hamba kakuhle. #DesmondTutu #restinpeace #hambakakuhle #tutu #africareggioemiliaalliance
Greet Dierckx
2021-12-26
Thank you for your wisdom, cheerfulness and perseverance. You will be missed.
John Tymitz
2021-12-26
DIXIE and I send deepest sympathy to all but especially to Mama LEAH. We will cherish our many times with dear Father and dear dear LEAH. Warm warm wishes and LOTS OF LOVE DIXIE AND JOHN TYMITZ
Brian James Casey, Sweden, eSwatini, Ireland
2021-12-26
Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal. Amen Irish language for "Eternal peace to his noble soul." Thank you, Arch, for your deep wisdom, great courage and riotous laughter. Amen
Frank Barat
2021-12-26
Meeting the Arch in 2010 for the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and getting to spend a little bit of time with him will remain forever one of the highlights of my life. Loving, compassionate, with a fabulous sense of humour. His opening speech of the Cape Town session of the Russell Tribunal encapsulated best the man he was. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy and love for humanity will carry on forever. Rest in Power Arch!
Eddie Makue
2021-12-26
We celebrate life as we remember the fearless struggle waged by our Spiritual Father. Our Arch always listened attentively and prayed with and for us- the youth of the seventies. Mum Leah was consistently at his side and together they showed us how to practise love and compassion, especially for people who suffered. It’s our privilege to thank God for the life and witness of a Servant Leader! The Arch’s ministry in the SACC and entire religious community will forever encourage us to search for true peace with justice!
Jana Grobbelaar
2021-12-26
My condolences to Leah and the family of our beloved Arch. May you find God's loving hand in yours during this time of grief.
Jane Silva, UK
2021-12-26
Arch - I am truly grateful for your life. Your love, humanity, grace, and unending service to our country and her people were an example to all. Your humour, your smile, your laugh, your humility - we loved you and will continue to love and remember you. Thank you. Rest in peace.
Ilona Khmeleva, Ukraine
2021-12-26
RIP Archbishop Desmond Tutu … Thank you for being a true spiritual and moral leader. Your struggle against any discrimination has changed our world and has made it a more kind and joyful place. Thank you for inspiring younger generation; we will continue your legacy! I will always do my best to protect human rights and equality.
Lenzlizzard
2021-12-26
Rest in peace you deserve it!!
Keith Gottschalk & Bernadette Poggenpoel
2021-12-26
With thanks for your generation of leadership for justice & against oppression - you inspired so many of us. Long life to all the bereaved.
Seth Naicker
2021-12-26
Today we say farewell to Bishop Tutu- our beloved friend, brother and servant of God- our rabble rouser for justice! Our beloved pastor Gerrie Lubbe maintained a journey of brotherhood, friendship and mentorship through out his service and ministry with Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. Niths Palani our elder at VCC has shared, "Pastor Lubbe will welcome his brother in Christ, home, standing with arms, outstretched, ready to warmly embrace his beloved friend. 🙏🏼🤗". Bishop Tutu's life and example has inspired many, and now after his passing, we must continue with fierce urgency the work of justice, reconciliation and the pursuit of beloved community. In 2017 and 2018, it was an honor for Merrishia and I, to serve with Rev. Edwin Leslie Arrison and Waseema Ali on the Desmond Youth Fellowship Program, where emerging leaders were afforded the opportunity to draw from life of Bishop Tutu and his example in going about their service and future goals. Today Merrishia and I are honored to serve with our leadership and community at Via Christi Community- our faith community committed to the work and ministry of acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God. On behalf of Via Christi Community Church, our leadership and faith community, we share our sincere condolences to our dear Mother Leah, the children, dear family and friends, and fellow disciples of rabble rousing for justice. To our dear sister Nontombi Tutu we remember you and your family in our prayers. As Lubbe journeyed with Tutu in friendship that propelled them toward the work of mercy, justice and peace, may we also form friendships that cross the divides of our here and now and pursue the ministry of reconciliation and beloved community. Farewell Bishop Tutu. Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory! Seth Naicker
Loretta Jacobus
2021-12-26
Sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Mama Lea and the Tutu family, the Anglican Church (and the entire Religious Fraternity), Mzansi and indeed the World on the very sad passing of the Arch😭💔. May you be surrounded by love and light to sustain you through this very difficult time❤. His Voice of Truth and Justice will be sorely missed by ALL of us😢. May the wonderful soul of the Arch rest in Perfect Peace 🙏🕊🌹✊
Mzi J Maphosa
2021-12-26
A great tree that provided shelter to all the vulnerable people of world has fallen. A champion of peace has left a big gap. RIP. Bishop.
C
2021-12-26
Desmond was a fantastic man! I am deeply touched by his speeches and incredible achievements! He never slacked and always kept his pure personality. He is truly a inspiration for me. Such a lovely and wise man! Much love and greetings from a young men in Europe. I hope to visit South Africa someday 🇿🇦
Charles an Eileen Villa-Vicencio
2021-12-26
Thank you Father. Go in peace.
Marion Keim Lees
2021-12-26
The Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace and its Youth Network send their heartfelt condolences on the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a stalwart for Peace and Justice with a passion for youth and sport, with an infectious laugh and a deep compassion and love for all. We miss him dearly and he will be forever present in our hearts. The Foundation and its Youth Network will continue to strive to promote his values and the ideals he stood for. With great affection, Marion Keim (Chairperson, FSDP) and Warren Lucas ( Youth Network Chair)
Johann Malan
2021-12-26
My heart aches today at the passing of a spiritual father, a mentor and dear friend! Our world is poorer without him, but now it’s up to us to step up and fill the void. I remember once, complaining to him about all the bad things happening in the world, he replied that I should approach it differently and use the daily news as my to-do list for the day. Our to-do list has just become bigger, because he’s not here anymore! Going through our emails over the years, “Boetie” is going to miss “Oom Des” very much. We thank God for his life and know that there will be a lot of jigging and laughing in Heaven!
Cathy Haig, St. George’s Anglican Church, Diocese of Kootenay, Kelowna, BC, Canada
2021-12-26
I am so sorry to hear of the passing or Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Grant him rest eternal and May light perpetual shine upon him. He was/is a truly holy man who is a disciple of Jesus in our day. He modeled Justice, ecology, love and care and peace among all people. The world has lost perhaps the greatest Anglican priest and Archbishop of our time. Blessings be to his family.
Marah Louw
2021-12-26
A Baobab tree has fallen. I'm sad but also humbled that he taught me to be humble but to never hold back in expressing myself. I have fond memories of him when I was performing at different events, he never hesitated to join me on stage and dance but most of all I am humbled by his unwavering support. His legacy will live on and on. May his soul rest in eternal peace and rise in glory.
Letebele. Mosala
2021-12-26
From: Letebele Mosala: Tribute to the Archbishop Emeritus Mpilo Desmond Tutu: A man of God passed on on Sunday over the Christmas weekend.A true believer and anointed leader who fought fearlessly against the unjust system of apartheid and endured the suffering of detention and humiliation with his own people. We thank God for his life and thank him for his role in the liberation of Azania.Our sincerest condolences to Mama Leah and children. May the Lord comfort them and give them strength during this time of bereavement. May the man of God’s soul rest in eternal peace and rise in glory.
Tshepiso Matlhola
2021-12-26
Robala ka Kgotso Archbishop Tutu. May all the angels and arch angels welcome you.. To the Tutu familly, may God be with you through the difficult time.
2 Oceans Education Foundation
2021-12-26
2 Oceans Education Foundation hereby wish to express its deepest condolences to Mrs Nomalizo Leah Tutu, the Tutu family, the board and staff of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and all International Human Rights organisations on the passing of our Honourable Patron of the 2 Oceans Education Foundation. It is indeed a day of bereavement in the lives of all South Africans, however, the example set by the Honourable Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu should be practiced when dealing with human beings by upholding their dignity and respect at all times, despite their social statuses and titles. Rest Well Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. Chairperson: Dr. Ali Adam Director: Ashra Norton
Alasdair Beaton
2021-12-26
On behalf of Link Education International, previously known as Link Community Development International, we send our heartfelt condolences to Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s family. Archbishop Tutu has been the patron of Link for well over 30 years. Our organisation to support education and community development in South Africa, now includes our work in Malawi, Uganda and Ethiopia. Archbishop Tutu will be very sadly missed for his example and dedication to the development and education of children in all of Africa. A light has gone out over the continent but his memory will continue to inspire us all.
Inga Sbulele Mfundisi
2021-12-26
We have lost a GIANT in South African history and beyond . A true epitome of power and change . We thank you Tata for your fighting spirit in reconciling our people and we will forever carry your remember an ICON , servant of God, Arch . Tata siyabulela . Lala ngoxolo . You have touched many lives and will be dearly missed for all that you were . Lala ngoku Tata . You have served .
Aperr Immanuel Naadzenga for: TIMOTHY NAADZENGA ANGER (TNA) Legacy Foundation.
2021-12-26
Africa has lost one of the Continent's finest, courageous and strongest leaders of all time. Today, we celebrate rather than mourn our hero, mentor and trailblazer at 90! Much of Tutu's legacies are not in doubt and his likes, dotted across the Continent (and indeed beyond), whose heroic songs went unsung. To them, including my late father Rev. Timothy Naadzenga Anger, JP; and a host of many others, who resisted oppression, stood up for the least likely, leading them to do the most mighty for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I join Tutu's well wishers to say you made your mark and effected positive changes in your 'little' way. The onus today lies on us to collaborate, unite our efforts and continue to make the world a just, equitable and sustainable habitation for all in the steps of Jesus Christ- whose message the world needs TODAY, and to the end of time!"
Christina von Wackerbarth
2021-12-26
The honor of having met you more than once, is still shining in my heart. The gift you gave to South Africa, to all humanity still lingers on and will be carried forward by so many. May you rest in peace, and may we be worth of the heritage you left us.
Tari Marshall-Day
2021-12-26
May the legacy of this unique leader, role model and person of passion for humanity keep leading us in difficult times and be celebrated in the best of times. Tari Marshall-Day Rotary District Governor Elect - D-7980 Southern Connecticut, USA
Anonymous
2021-12-26
Desmond Tutu has been an icon and a figure of peace and reconciliation in South Africa. We will continue to try and live his legacy in every way possible. Thank you for all your work and all you have given to the country, Arch!
Graham
2021-12-26
RIP Arch.
Faizel Petersen
2021-12-26
A great friend, a world leader, a son of God and mentor has passed away. He was our morale compass, he was unrelentles in his stance on justice for all, for human rights and democracy. I will miss him dearly for his amazing heart, our chats and I wish him eternal peace.
Chumani Bontsa
2021-12-26
I remember the first time I met the Arch in Person in one of the the Friday Eucharist Services at the Cathedral and he went around asking us to introduce ourselves, when I said I am from Qumbu, he then said that is he's ancestral home and I replied I know and he burst into laughter. A healing laugh he had, the Arch with his child like character reminded all of us that we must come to God with a Child like mentality. We have lost one of the last people who stood for the truth, justice and basic human rights. We are a country that is in trouble because even in your retiring from retirement you never retired from speaking out for the voiceless, saying that were unpopular. Hamba ke Sicaka sika Thixo uyophumla akulindile amanyange akuni namagora ezwekazi I Afrika, uluthathile olwakho uhambo, walufeza uqatsho lwakho, watsho no Ntsikane ka Gaba wathi "Ewe le nto kakade yinto yaloo nto Thina nto zaziyo asothukanga nto Sibona kamhlophe sithi mekumelwe Sitheth’ engqindweni sithi kufanelwe Xa bekunge njalo bekungayi kulunga Ngoko ke Sotashe kwaqala ukulunga. Le nqanaw’ uMendi namhla yandisile Nal’ igazi lethu lisikhonzisile Asinithumanga ngazo izicengo Asinithenganga ngayo imibengo"
B. Hendricks
2021-12-26
Thank you for showing us and teaching us how to serve God and how to be respectful towards others. You were such a humble person. You ran the race well done faithful servant of God. Your time here on earth is done. You fought the good fight. Condolences to the family far and near and friends. Fly high with the angels Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will surely be missed. RIP 😇🙏🕊️
Adrienne Scott
2021-12-26
The world has lost one of the greatest men to have ever lived! The world is richer for his teachings and legacy and poorer for his passing. My his most beloved soul rest in eternal peace!
Melanie Gradidge
2021-12-26
This son of Africa will be sorely missed. He was the moral compass of our nation, instilling hope for a better tomorrow for everyone. You fought long and hard for our democracy and for the forgotten . Rest in peace Arch.
David Parry
2021-12-26
The world is a better place for the life of Desmond Tutu and poorer for his passing.
Pieter Grove, URCSA
2021-12-26
Dear Arch, you represented a model and witness to the overriding humanity of all God's people. You refused to adopt hierarchies of suffering. You kept the vision of a healed society alive. South Africa and the world will sorely miss your inspiration. You leave for us and your family the conviction that we might suffer the pessimism of the intellect but always may maintain the optimism of the heart.
Mark Kaplan
2021-12-26
Through the darkest days of Apartheid and post democracy, The Arch was our moral compass. A man of integrity, love and humour. He was a fierce warrior who will always be an inspiration.
DARYL LIM
2021-12-26
Great man who can fight for justice in a peaceful way.
Lumko Mtimde
2021-12-26
Lala ngoxolo Arch, iQhawe lamaQhawe. You finished your race Archbishop with distinction, you, selflessly served SA well. Condolences to the our Mother Leah and the family. #RIPARCHBISHOPTUTU
Illse Wessels (nee Prezens), Cape Town
2021-12-26
Growing up in the Anglican church, I was fortunate to listen to many of your sermons. 22nd October 1989 was the day I was confirmed and I received my first communion from you. I will forever remember your brilliant laugh and great sense of humor. We are forever grateful for everything you did to set us free... we were truly blessed to have you with us for 90 years. May your dear soul rest in peace 🙏🏼
Rev. Haley Asberry
2021-12-26
My prayers are with the Tutu family and the people of South Africa. I met the Arch in 2013 in Indianapolis, IN, USA at Christian Theological Seminary when I was a student. I’ll never forget that he held my face in his hands to tell me that I had the most amazing dimples—he said a smile from God. That deeply touched my soul and still does. I met him again at the offices on the waterfront on a group trip to South Africa with Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak in 2015 when I and other students presented at the 30th Anniversary Kairos Conference (our first stop was Cape Town). I am a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and have often quoted the Arch in sermons because his witness has been so awe inspiring to me. May we all continue his witness of love and truth-telling in the Church and in the world at large. Rev. Haley Asberry Marion, IN, USA
Iqbal Jassat - Media Review Network
2021-12-26
Sincere condolences on the passing of an international icon of peace and justice. A giant indeed! May his legacy of opposing injustices flowing from apartheid in Israel continue to galvanize the world to free Palestine.
Carla Finlay
2021-12-26
What an incredible human being. I am truly saddened by your passing. We owe you so much! RIP your Grace,
Veronica Simmers
2021-12-26
Arch you were a courage, brave and faithful soldier. May your Soul Test in Eternal Peace
Christa Daffue
2021-12-26
The Voice of Reason has left us. He has, however, left us with a a huge legacy, and his standing for what was right, not by humiliating, but by setting an example, to stand for what is right, was remarkable. I, for one, has learnt a lot from him. Thank you for the lessons learnt. You will never be forgotten.
Denise Bjorkman
2021-12-26
I remember my brief interaction with you. You radiated warmth and authenticity. So easy to love and respect. RIP
Lou-Anne Lubbe
2021-12-26
Hambla Kahle Utata Nkulu, you Blessed society with your Wisdom, beautiful sense of humour and perhaps most valued of all, strong moral compass. We are poorer without you and will now look out for you in the night skies where you, no doubt, will be a bright star amongst the angels, shining your light over all always.
Chris, Mary, Dominic, Gregory and Jonathan Chivers
2021-12-26
Beloved Arch. What an amazing life. What wonderful gifts You have been an inspiration to the whole world. We can only seek to follow your shining example. It was an honour to know you and to be the recipient of such kindness and friendship from you. Your ‘high fivers’ especially will never forget it. We extend our deepest sympathies and love to Ma Leah and all the family.
Mike n family
2021-12-26
A True son of the world who just not think of himself but of his people in South Africa. May you go safely to your heavenly home n take well deserved rest , you worked hard for us n not many thanked you for labours. To the whole family my deepest sympathies n may his soul rest in everlasting 🙏🙏🙏
Drs. Cornelius & Audrey Moalusi, Holy Trinity Anglican Church Rustenburg
2021-12-26
Our Condolences to Mama Leah and the entire Tutu family on the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu. Rest in Eternal peace and rise in glory Arch, You fought a good fight, your teachings will forever be engraved in our hearts.
Devan Pillay
2021-12-26
😢😢We've lost our Moral compass and a voice of reasoning and conscience. Our sincere condolences to the Tutu Famy Hambe Kahle Baba.
Stewart Ting Chong, Boston (formally Cape Town)
2021-12-26
My mentor, boss, friend. I will miss you but cherish what you have taught me. You inspired me to speak against injustice and fight for the down-trodden. Hamba kahle Dada. Rest well.
Gill welsh
2021-12-26
Such a sad day for the world. Archbishop Tutu embodied the best qualities of humanity - love, compassion, a fierce sense of justice and a warmth and humour that he radiated. Thank you for making our world a better place.
Mashumi Tutu
2021-12-26
Lala ngoxo Tshezi, Citshane, Tenza, Nkonjane ezimnyama ezibhabha emafini zibe mhlophe phezukwanzi olwandle, mkhont’obomvu 🙏
Mohamed Saeed
2021-12-26
I remember, archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, affectionately known as the “Arch”, the Anti-apartheid hero, the Nobel laureate, the moral conscience religious cleric and social activist, for his clear moral and unbiased position on Palestine. We must honour his legacy of speaking truth to power and life by continuing the fight against apartheid Israel, poverty, unemployment, corruption, oppression, injustices, human rights abuses and immorality. South Africans must strengthen and live by his famous phrase “rainbow nation” I extend my deepest condolences to the Tutu family.
Lindley Rulse
2021-12-26
Lala Kahle dear Arch😢🙏May your soul rest in eternal peace.. A pillar of strength throughout your lifetime ❤️We will miss your laughter 😭
Michael Mansfield QC
2021-12-26
The courage of his humanity will continue to shine brightly in dark corners of the world. It was an honour and a privilege to have spent time in the presence of such a unique force and felt the power of his love and his humour. A GLOBAL ARCH RESPECT
Anne Ira / United States
2021-12-26
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Very, very, well done, Archbishop Tutu! You have left us a shining example of what it is to be a true man of God. Glory be to God for your life! May you go laughing and dancing into heaven!
Soweto Gospel Choir
2021-12-26
A giant has passed on. Our patron, our father, our friend. Thank you Tata for making this world a better place, your life was a true blessing to us all. You lived and preached Ubuntu and you always spoke truth to power. We have many special memories of singing for you and with you at birthday and anniversary celebrations. They will live in our hearts, always. Our deepest condolences to Mama Leah and the family. May your soul in peace Arch.
Elroy Paulus
2021-12-26
Rest in peace beloved Arch. You have taught us with your example and steadfast faith an belief in people and their ability to overcome injustice with God’s help.. ❤️
Queen Tina-Bella VD Merwe
2021-12-26
Dear Ma Leah, family and friends I never knew much about Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, but what little I knew, I always liked. He had the courage to stand up against any wrong; he was someone (I believe still is) who sends love with a smile. Truly - maybe - last of his gracious kind. I wish I had met him, it was one of my wishes, but I know that one day I shall meet the man in heaven. He is not going to be a soldier in heaven, he is going to be the leader of a legion of soldiers. Ma Leah, children and grandchildren, know that this is only temporary, until Jesus comes again. Pa Desmond will be missed, but the pain in the heart goes away and is replaced with the knowledge that he is resting now. Bless his memory on earth, let us all learn a valuable lesson from this great man: FAITH AND JUSTICE MUST WALK HAND IN HAND. Halelujah and AMEN. Queen Tina-Bella (Ambassador & High Commissioner Commonwealth Pageants International since 2012)
Catherine Maclay
2021-12-26
Thank you for leading by example, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Thank you for your tremendous service. Above all, thank you for your lessons on faith, hope, love, inclusion and the power of forgiveness. Rest in peace, Arch. We'll miss you. Sincere condolences to the Arch's family and friends.
Simon Tanner
2021-12-26
Desmond Tutu was the light in the darkness - he was the hope he often spoke of. He changed my life. I'm honoured to have known him. His legacy lives on and will continue to change lives for the better. Go well, father Tutu.
Smith Nwokocha, Nigeria.
2021-12-26
Res On Great Advocate of Peace and an ICON of Compassion, Love and Forgiveness. Thank you so much for Living a Legacy Your Eminence, Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Rest well in the Lord My Role Model🙏
Bruno Clerc
2021-12-26
I feel so blessed to have met several times this inspiring man and beautiful soul. With him, Heaven will not be the same: even angels will have tears of joy and laughter. RIP Arch. Bruno Clerc former Consul of France in Capetown
Roger A Arendse
2021-12-26
WE salute you, Arch! Your life, laughter, love, and legacy inspire us, and we draw courage from you as we step into an uncertain future. Thank you! Hamba kahle tata wethu
Olefile Masangane
2021-12-26
Thank you for the laughter, the passion and the fatherly love you had for all South Africans ❤️❤️
Hilary Dring
2021-12-26
Thank you for the joy and leadership you brought us. May you rest in peace, good and faithful servant of our Lord.
Marguerite Orane
2021-12-26
The joyful lion sleeps, his rest so well deserved. Yet in our hearts, his message of peace, forgiveness and love sings. I am so grateful that he walked this earth, to have actually been in his presence, and to witness him living his words by his actions. Deep condolences and love to Ma Leah and his blessed family. We will call his name forever, and so he lives on eternally
David Greybe
2021-12-26
"This is a man who cared," our Arch. An outspoken, passionate human rights activist and a powerful and courageous voice for nonviolence, reconciliation and peace. Archbishop Tutu was a living embodiment of faith in action, not just in apartheid South Africa but wherever in the world he saw wrongdoing, especially when it impacted the most vulnerable and voiceless in society. Let us not only mourn his death today but affirm our determination to keep his beliefs alive and, in his inimitable phrase, be “prisoners of hope”. Deepest condolences to Archbishop Tutu’s family. Hamba kahle Arch.
Jacob Meiring
2021-12-26
He is the man that helped all of us to become more human, prodded us to recognise that we all belong to the same family - the human family. He did it for me -may we do it for others. Rus in vrede.
Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance
2021-12-26
Archbishop Desmond Tutu- Lovingly remembered. Sincere condolences to his wife Nomalizo Leah Tutu, his family and all those he loved. Your legacy will live on in our children. Rest in Peace. Hamba kakuhle.
Vimla Pillay
2021-12-26
A noble giant of the African soil. Thank you for your outstanding service to humanity. Rest in peace Tata.
Sue Kramer
2021-12-26
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, endearingly known as 'Arch' you have always been our beacon of light that burned bright . Now it is your turn to rest. But your work still needs to be done. You have never been afraid to speak out. We will miss your moral voice, we will miss your giggle, we will miss your ethical guidance and we will miss you. thank you for all you have done. Thank you Arch for all you have done for us . Condolences to Mama Leah, Tutu family, friends, our nation and all.
Paul Kennedy
2021-12-26
We have lost a great, real South African. My father worked under Desmond Tutu when he was Bishop of Johannesburg in the late 1970s. He had a great respect for him as a great human being. I always respected his honesty and humanity. God give you the rest you have worked so hard for!
Judy Guffey
2021-12-26
The world is sad today but we know you would caution against this. You would tell us to be kind and care for one another and to carry on your legacy. Hamba Kahle, Tutu.
Chaitri Hapugalle
2021-12-26
The Peace-Led Climate Friendly Sustainable Development Forum/(PC-SDF) Archbishop Desmond Tutu💔💔💔 "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." “Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." Yet another dark day as the world lost one of the brightest stars and peacemakers. I am pausing to extend my deepest sympathies to Madam Leah, the family of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and all mourning. I woke up with a heavy heart. Today is now not just only the tsunami anniversary. I wore black and white in memory of all lives lost in the 2004 boxing day tsunami. I enjoyed a lovely lunch and extended chat with my favorite friends. We heard the news. Much reflection silenced our happy chatter. I never expected to mourn yet another death on boxing day. And now, unexpectedly dressed to bid farewell and join the global mourners, virtually. My great hope was that the Year of Peace will end on a positive note, with the incorporation of the forum. But now pausing. A few weeks ago, I asked the Singapore government, if I could incorporate the Peace-Led Climate-Friendly Sustainable Development Forum on boxing day. I then contacted The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation to ask if Archbishop Desmond could speak a few words virtually? https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1984/tutu/biographical/ The invitation was declined. I changed my mind and incorporated the Forum on the eve of Christmas to give hope and thanks to all. Inspired by superheroes, It was also to inspire all to continue the unfinished peace, climate, sustainable development agenda. The international media has captured his contributions more than well. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/26/world/africa/desmond-tutu-dead.html https://www.npr.org/2021/12/26/1047748076/desmond-tutu-dead-remembrance How does one or all make a difference? A memory triggered. Listening to Archbishop Tutu at the National Cathedral, Washington D.C. in 2002 was certainly more than a gift. See the video. https://youtu.be/4-K8f_PfRRU Inspired by him, the only best way forward is to continue our work with greater determination. May we all continue his work in small and big ways. Thank you. May Archbishop Tutu, R.I.P. and power. 💞🙏 The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation Chaitri (Chai) Hapugalle The Founder The Peace-Led Climate Friendly Sustainable Development Forum (PC-SDF) chaihapugalle@gmail.com
Idelette McVicker
2021-12-26
I owe so much of my Liberation to the work, words, generosity, example, life and Love of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. His Love for ALL of humanity and teaching on ubuntu enfolded and saved me. So much of who I am now is because of him. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
Glyn O Jones
2021-12-26
So saddened by the news. He is someone I came to love and respect very deeply. Sending love and condolences, from Wales, to all the family of this wonderful man. Thank you Archbishop.
Hindus offer condolences on Desmond Tutu’s death
2021-12-26
Hindus have offered condolences on the death of Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, who died on December 26 in Cape Town. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that they were saddened by the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an esteemed peace leader of high moral integrity and unwavering faith in human rights for all. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that they appreciated and admired Tutu’s campaigns against apartheid, inequality, injustice; his commitment to improving the human condition, just struggle, non-violence, peaceful racial reconciliation, poverty eradication, righteousness; his encouraging of forgiveness, inclusion, tolerance, Rajan Zed further said they commended the moral and principled leadership and solid moral convictions of Tutu; a great humanitarian and human rights champion; and his efforts at spreading compassion and love.
Revd Brian Luff
2021-12-26
Thank you for being you Archbishop Desmond.
marissa
2021-12-26
Rest in peace, Archbishop. The world is better for having you in it. You will be greatly missed.
Nadine Hack & Jerry Dunfey
2021-12-26
Dearest Archess and entire Tutu family - there are no words for the depths of sorrow we feel as do countless people globally, but none more than each of you. Your marriage of 66 years is an inspiration, a true love story. We're blessed to have celebrated so many occasions with you since the 1970s, hosting your family at our home, grateful to have visited you at Hermanus recently and to have communicated with him on his 90th just two+ months ago. We pledge to keep his legacy alive.
Wayne Gellately
2021-12-26
Our collective conscience and a giant amongst men. Rest in peace Arch, it's been a long struggle.
Rogers S Wilson, USA
2021-12-26
A true and faithful servant sent by God. No more mortal could find forgiveness after what he saw. A testament to the greatness of Black Africa. Generations will honor.
Melanie Steyn
2021-12-26
A great soul in every meaning of the word, and a towering icon. We are bereft. RIP.
Stephen Gregory, Lo Don, UK
2021-12-26
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has always been a man I admired and respected. He was a true Man of God. He spoke truth when truth wasn't accepted. He talked forgiveness when no one forgave. He showed love when there was none and he preached peace in the midst of troubles. Desmond spoke several times on the South Bank in London and that's where I first saw him live. He preached a storm around the scripture Blessed are the peacemakers for theirs is the Kingdom of God. And now he has inherited his crown and entered the Kingdom where a place has always been waiting for him. Thank you, Desmond Tutu for your service to God and the world.
Janet May
2021-12-26
From the first time I met you when I was a 9 year old girl, I knew you were precious. You have been a shining light throughout your life, bringing God's love and joy to everyone you came in contact with. I will remember your infectious giggle, your care, your tears at injustice and your passion for bringing healing and reconciliation. Heaven has gained a truly good and faithful servant. RIP dear 'Arch'.
Sarah - Jane Nii-Adjei
2021-12-26
Rest in peace to the incredible Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You are an inspiration to many. A great symbol hope and justice across the world. May your words and legacy of faith in action continue to inspire many to make a difference in the lives of the voiceless and oppressed communities around the world.
Elizabeth Assink, Washington, DC
2021-12-26
Thank you for your legacy with youth. You always gave them time.
Bridgette Nkomana
2021-12-26
Rest in peace Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu... You served us humility 🙏❤️
Father Themba Seya Foundation
2021-12-26
You brought us up as Anglican Young people, You supported Us when we pleaded for transformation in the Anglican way of worship especially when the Church elders refused to sing Choruses during Mass. Now we are all benefiting the Joy of Worship and Liturgy. Thank You so much Arch for Your Love and Support. We looked up on you and the late Bishop Nkoane when the apartheid regime tortured us during the state of emergency in the 1980’s Lord Now Let Your Servant Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu - Go In Peace
Eliza Jane Getman
2021-12-26
Thanks be to God for The Arch’s life and witness. May he rest in peace and rise in justice and power.
Elizabeth Tatum (member and Soprano Soloist at All Saints Church, Pasadena, California)
2021-12-26
I am so saddened to hear of this great man's death. He was a true freedom fighter, humanitarian, and loving soul. I am grateful for the opportunities I had to hear him preach at our church, and one thing he said has always remained with me: "It's our job as Christians to live attractive lives transparent with the power of the Holy Spirit." He provided that model for us to follow, and we must continue to do so. May he rise in power and rest in peace.
Phumi Nhlapo
2021-12-26
Ulale ngokuthula noxolo tata.
Ruth Lampard
2021-12-26
A hugely influential figure in my life: speaking truth & seeking justice with love & humour, courageous & kind in equal measure. Alive with faith & a twinkle of delight. I was in Durham Cathedral in 1986 when he spoke after being given the Freedom of the City. I will never forget his warmth as he leant over the pulpit and said “My Friends”. Each and every one of us felt friends in that moment, even as we were so aware of how desperately difficult the situation was in South Africa. He brought hope and peace into that Cathedral and shared his vision for new life that would inevitably come, his Christian buoyancy - how could it not?
Singatha Vuyo Mmabatswa
2021-12-26
Hamba kahle tata wethu.. You served with dignity and we will forever talk about about you.. U had such impact to many people. Heaven surely gained another Angel. Till we meet again Arch Desmond Tutu
Rakesh Deokaran
2021-12-26
Go Well Arch. You set an Example of Note For Humanity.🙏🙏🙏
Chris Eksteen
2021-12-26
We thank God for the life of Archbishop Tutu. I was privileged to meet him, know him, serve on a committee with him and host him for dinner in my home. An amazing man of God with incredible dedication, humor and humility. He will be sorely missed by all. My family and I express our sincere condolences to Mama Leah and the whole Tutu family. Rest in Peace Archbishop Desmond and Rise in Glory.
Sebastiaan Messerschmidt, Consul General Kingdom of the Netherlands in Cape Town
2021-12-26
A legend, fighting injustice, always speaking up, also when others shy away. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has died. A sad day for the world. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and to South Africa.
David Wylde
2021-12-26
Bishop emeritus inspired me in the 1980s in Pretoria and for the rest of my life . May his soul rest in peace
Marlene Morgan-Chisholm
2021-12-26
Today I know South Africa has lost a giant but heaven has gained an angel. Bishop Tutu was a wonderful human. My heart is greatly saddened by this tragic loss. My prayers go out to the Tutu family. Love Marlene Morgan-Chisholm
GABRIEL NKGWENG (Rustenburg NW)
2021-12-26
The baobab tree has fallen, but the roots stand firm on the ground. We need to nature more of Bishop Tutus who will build a more united, non racial and democratic South Africa. His passing is a loss to the nations but a gain to angelic leadership in heaven. We comfort ourselves of his contribution to the struggle of the oppressed people especially of all South Africans in particular. Rest in power the Arch and rise in glory.🙏🏾
Smith Nwokocha
2021-12-26
My deepest condolences to a true Impact Maker, Humanitarian, my Role Model and genuine Global Peace Ambassador. Your Advocacy for Peace Building is second to none. Thank you, Your Eminence, Bishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, for Living a Legacy. Rest On, with the Lord 🙏 🎄🎅🎊🎉
Thabang Masopha
2021-12-26
Thank you for being a true Leader and an example to many. A true servant of God. We thank Him for giving us you. ❤
Braam Hanekom
2021-12-26
It is with sadness that we have taken note of the passing of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Words can hardly acknowledge his legacy. He was a great gift to the nation at a critical moment in our history. Our deepest sympathy to the family and relatives. May his prophetic voice keep on inspiring us BH on behalf of the Centre for Public Witness
Callie Joseph
2021-12-26
The magnitude of your impact and the selflessness of it all - we are forever indebted to you for all you have done for us. Rest in eternal peace, Arch.
Rev.Gail Taukuheke (Diocese of Namibia)
2021-12-26
"Well done my Good and Faithful servant; you have been faithful with a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the Joy of the Lord " Matthew 25:23 I'm sure these are the words Bishop Tutu heard on his Home Coming. Deepest condolences and sympathy to all who are effected by your loss. May your example of furthering Justice, Truth and a deep respect for Humanity ever be our guiding light in this world. Go well Tata, till we meet again. 😇😇
Glynis (Whare) Niemandt.
2021-12-26
To Mama Tutu and the family, my sincere condolences to you. What a huge loss to our country. You have left us a legacy of hope and peace. May you rest in eternal peace in the arms of our Lord.
Lubna Nadvi
2021-12-26
You were an inspiration to us all young and old, and from all backgrounds and walks of life. Thank you for your life and the legacy you have left behind. Thank you in particular for your solidarity with Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinan people for freedom and self determination. We will continue with trying to live up to the example that you set for us ...
Lenzinfo
2021-12-26
Today South Africa has lost a giant who was a peaceful, charismatic, humorous and humble man of the cloth. A voice of reason - the last man standing- Hamba Kahle Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, you have left behind a legacy, South Africa thanks you 🙏🏼 “…Even the preacher who works for Jesus The Archbishop who's a peaceful man Together say that the freedom fighters Will overcome the very strong…” - Eddy Grant 🎶💔 💔❤️
Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA , Mbabane eSwatini
2021-12-26
December 26, 2021 Mbabane eSwatini The Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA Community express our most sincere and deepest condolences to Mrs. Nomazilo Leah Tutu and the Tutu Family on the recent passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu. Archbishop Tutu was an important figure in the history of Waterford as he and Mrs.Tutu, were courageous parents of the struggle who chose to entrust the education and security of their children to the College between 1971 and 1980. To Trevor, Thandeka, Nontombi and Mpho the Waterford Kamhlaba community stands with you during this time and we hope that you may find comfort in the legacy your beloved father leaves behind. Duduzekani. Our Principal, Patricia Angoy, “The world has lost a great human being who has led with wisdom, grace and always hopeful. He has touched us all irrespective of our religious or political beliefs but always sided with the poor, the just and those the world cast aside. We will always be uplifted by his ideals for a better world.” Archbishop Tutu also served as patron of the Waterford Kamhlaba Foundation South Africa since 2010. Foundation Chair Sandile Hlophe said “As the Waterford Kamhlaba Foundation of South Africa, we are deeply saddened at the passing of Archbishop Tutu; he may be gone from our sight, but will forever remain in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the South African community. May our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss.” While the world mourns this great loss, may we continue to share his legacy with the youth of today. We will continue to learn from his teachings and strive to work towards the a future he envisioned for Southern Africa, the continent and the world. May you rest in eternal peace, Waterford Kamhlaba United World College, Southern Africa
Mary Murphy
2021-12-26
I am sad to see you go. But so greatful for what you shared with us all. Thank you dear Arch.
Helen, Paul and Edward Petersen
2021-12-26
Go in peace, Arch. Rest in peace. Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication to South Africa and to humankind. You changed the world, and you will be sorely missed. 🌹❤️
Devina Shaik
2021-12-26
Rest in Peace Archbishop Tutu…. You leave behind an inspiring legacy. I shall forever treasure your wisdom steeped in integrity and respect for human dignity. You truly spoke truth to power. Forever in our hearts 🙏🏽
Order of the Holy Cross
2021-12-26
We are indebted to the Archbishop for his invitation to come to South Africa and for his support of the work of our Order in South Africa. We give thanks for his life and witness. May he rest in the loving embrace of God. We pray for him, Leah, and the family.
Clare Gibbon
2021-12-26
Such a great man. All honour and thanks to a man of love and truth. What is South Africa going to do without him? May he rest in peace.
Annette Ikast and Jesper la Cour (Denmark)
2021-12-26
A true warrior of love has left this world today❤️ An example of light for everyone to follow. Your joy and laughter lives on in the hearts of those you have touched, together with a deep gratitude for what you have offered to the world. May you be eternally blessed. Our heartfelt condolences to the family. ❤️
Vimla Pillay
2021-12-26
Farewell Tata. You are a noble giant of the African soil. Thank you for serving humanity the way you did. May your precious soul rest in eternal peace.
Sharyn Delahousie
2021-12-26
Honored to have heard you preach once at my church. Your essence will endure and give us strength, hope and joy.
Niths Palani
2021-12-26
Pastor Lubbe will welcome his brother in Christ, home, standing with arms, outstretched, ready to warmly embrace his beloved friend. 🙏🏼🤗
Elizabeth Lotters
2021-12-26
His contagious laughter has become silent but his legacy never will. Like David, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stood up to the "Goliath's" of our society and was a champion for many. Well done good a faithful servant, we place you in the brightest light of our lives. Our sincere condolences to the Tutu family and the Anglican community. 🙏♥️
Revd Ernest and Yvonne Ward-Cox
2021-12-26
May God be praised for the life and witness of our dear "Arch." It was a great privilege to have known him, to have worked with him, and to have had him as a parishioner at St Oswald's. The world has lost a beacon of light and fighter for justice. but more than that he was an incredible humble and caring human being . May his dear soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Our hearts go out to Mama Leah and the family, and pray that God will surround you with his love and peace at this time. Dear Arch, We will miss you.
Dr. Shelly H:)
2021-12-26
POEM: Maintaining The Light As I watch the light that inspired, and inspires us, slowly dies down As one more of our greats is lowered under ground, I'm reminded that light - - Like sound - - Is destined to die away, As human bodies decay! Like the sun behind clouds of gray; And a bulb that's lost a fuse. Who will we use... As lighted source - - lamp, ray of sun, When they are gone (their time is done)? Will we find then, more? Anyone? That's as great - - such hope and might?! That can create and effuse such light?! That can illume and spread as bright?! That can pierce hearts; and dark of night?! Will we see again in time such glow? Greats like them this life 'gain know... As the light now burning low... In end could one day go?! Let's preserve and harness spark To illume anew, in times of dark! To shine through humans here; soon birth. Let's keep it lit - - their light on earth! Poem Written By Dr. Shelly H@Copyright 12/26/2021 (poem is inspired by all the amazing, inspirational, trailblazing, heroic people we have lost (and continue to lose) in human body. ... But never in Spirit, and soul, and light. ...... In Legacy!) To the family and friends and members of the foundation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, our hearts are with you during this difficult time of loss and grief. May you continue to find comfort, and solace, and love, and peace in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Our God, and everyone around the world who also mourn and grieve with you. I had the wonderful opportunity to hear two amazing giants speak in person (on two separate occassions) many many years ago: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Maya Angelou. They spoke of their lives growing up, activism (Anti-apartheid, for Desmond Tutu; and the Civil Rights Movement, for Maya Angelou), and their literary publications. I will forever treasure these amazing Giants and their words, and those moments in my heart. And, as I continue to be in awe of and inspired by them to share and spread their legacy; and to live up to their ideals, and will of me in this world. Rest in Paradise Archbishop Desmond Tutu! Have a Blessed day everyone! Dr. Shelly H :)
Christopher Peter
2021-12-26
We thank him ( as in .... 'with all our hearts and hands and voices ....' the passing of our most inspiring spiritual giant , his light will never be dimmed ...
Anthony Cordle
2021-12-26
Thank you for being so inclusive with all of us regardless of race nationality and creed. You included me and mine so graciously on at least two if not three occasions and loved you for it. “When you do it to the least of these….”
Paula Eriksson, Östhammar, Sweden.
2021-12-26
Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A man with enorm carisma and a big heart. I saw you in Göteborg, Sweden. Amazing.. Thank you…Rest in Peace.🙏🌺💜💫
Atle Sommerfeldt, bishop emeritus, Church of Norway
2021-12-26
My deepfelt condolences to Leah and the family in gratitude to Desmond contributions as a global prophet for justice, peace, truth and reconciliation for all humanity and the whole creation. His spirituality of commitment to a better World rotes in liturgy and Sacramento has inspired me deeply. May he now be blessed in an etternamn union with God and Gods neverending love
Sophie Perreard
2021-12-26
May you Rest In Peace Arch. You’ve been and will remain a true inspiration. A world leader who changed so much in the world. Your voice, peace messages, truth telling, laughs will continue to be in our hearts. Your legacy will continue impact so many lives. You will be missed dearly. My sincere condolences to your family.
Reezah Petersen
2021-12-26
I grew up in poverty during a part of the apartheid years, but with people like The Arch in South Africa - 1994 changed my life. I am so grateful for The Arch’s sacrifice for this country and that fruits my kids are experiencing as well. The Arch could not make my graduation, however, I became so blessed and privileged to be able to buy a house and live the past 9 years only a couple minutes walk from his house. The Arch was the kind of neighbour that would take time out to walk in the neighbourhood and pick up papers, what a wonderful person. You will be dearly missed Arch. Thank you for a long-lasting legacy and may your blessed soul find everlasting peace…
Glynnis Belchers
2021-12-26
You were a gift to South Africa and you will always be remembered as one of our greatest men. Thank you for being our moral compass and showing us what courage and compassion is.
Riyaaz Ismail
2021-12-26
Archbishop Emiritus Tutu May Almighty God bless you for your lifelong efforts on earth. For speaking truth to power unflinchingly. We used to meet regularly at CTIA where we would joke. You always would make me laugh. Riyaaz Ismail Cape Town, Cravenby Estate 7493 South Africa
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