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Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa 90. died at the age of

JOHANNESBURG – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against apartheid in South Africa, died on Sunday, the presidential office said. He was 90 years old.

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According to a statement by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Tutu died in Cape Town.

“The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter in our country’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have given us a free South Africa,” Ramaphosa said.

Tutu “was a leader of theory and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without actions is dead,” Ramaphosa said.

As Skynews reports, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his campaign of nonviolent opposition to South Africa’s white minority rule.

“If you want peace, don’t talk to your friends,” Tutu once said. “You talk to your enemies.’

According to The Associated Press, Tutu was the Black Bishop of Johannesburg and later became Archbishop of Cape Town.

His death came just weeks after the death of South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, Friedrich Willem Klerk, who died on November 11 at the age of 85, the BBC reported.

Desmond Ampilo was Tutu Born on October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, South Africa, according to Britannica.

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He became a teacher before entering St. Peter’s Theological College in Rosenville in 1958, the Associated Press reported. He was ordained three years later, and became pastor at Fort Hare University in 1967.

In May 1976, Tutu gained world fame by writing a public letter to the Prime Minister of South Africa, John Vorster, as the Los Angeles Times reported. Tutu wrote that he feared “increasing nightmares” that “bloodshed and violence are almost inevitable” if the status quo remains.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, Vorster ignored the warning and Tutu was maligned in the white media. In June 1976, riots broke out in Soweto, South Africa’s largest black township. The newspaper reported that the rebellion marked the beginning of the end of the apartheid era, although it took 18 more years and resulted in thousands of deaths.

The Associated Press reported on the cleric’s 90th birthday that Tutu coined the term “rainbow nation” to describe South Africa as a country with equal rights for people of all colours. As the BBC reports, Tutu made the comments in 1994 after the official end of apartheid, the brutal system of racial discrimination in South Africa against the country’s black majority, which began in 1948.

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According to the Associated Press, Tutu remained a vocal supporter of reconciliation, justice and LGBT rights.

The Archbishop was also in favor of same-sex marriage.

In 2013 Tutu said, “I would not worship a god who fears homosexuality and how deeply I feel about it.” “I would refuse to go to a homosexuality’s paradise. No, I’d say ‘Sorry, I’d love to go to another place.'”

According to the Associated Press, Tutu was arrested for participating in a protest in 1980 and his passport was later confiscated. This was returned to him so that he could travel to the United States and Europe, where he held talks with the UN Secretary General, the Pope and other church leaders.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2009.

The Associated Press reported that Tutu withdrew from public life in 2010. He was treated for prostate cancer and was hospitalized several times in 2015 and 2016. He also had a surgical procedure to remove recurring infections from previous cancer treatments.

Tutu’s favorite passage from the Bible was psalm 139, as the Times reported in 1984.

Tutu said, “The hymn says that I am nothing but the servant of the Lord.” “That I go where He takes me and where He needs me.” ‘If I ascend to heaven, there you are; If I make my bed in hell, then look, you are there.’ ,

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