Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said the Archbishop’s death marked “another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans”.
Desmond Tutu was one of the country’s best known figures at home and abroad. A contemporary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, he was one of the driving forces behind the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa.
Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Andrew Harding and Nomsa Maseko.
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Yahweh console and bless his family in their time of grief
So why didn’t he speak against the prolific child abuse under his very own nose? I guess he can only answer God now.
When the west make you a hero….. are you really?
Rest in Peace. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Lala ngoxolo Arch.
I know him
He will be forever celebrated in brace scoring draws.
Last of the summer wine..RIP tata.
We miss you very much our Father Desmund Tutu. When are you coming back from Heaven to visit us. We need you so much Father – you are SAVIOUR !!!
🐦🐥 GOD loves you Father 🐥🐦
🐦🐥 GOD blesses you Father 🐥🐦
Jesus loves you!
Precious Memories- By Sonya Lakey
We had no idea that the evening of September 24th, 2021, would be the last night our family would be complete. We laughed together, played games, sang, and enjoyed listening as our oldest son played the piano for us. I packed a lunch for him (which he usually did for himself) for the church hike he was going on the following day.
My mom, who was visiting from out of state, and I got up early with him on Saturday morning to hug him and see him off. He hugged me and smiled, never pulling away or rushing me. He got in the car, waved, said he'd see me later and he loved me. It was hard to watch my "new driver" heading out on his own.
As he pulled out of the gate, I turned to my mom and said, "It's just so hard letting go." Little did I know how much "letting go" I was really doing. That was the last time I saw our 16 year old son. He did not make it home that night.
That afternoon, a friend had tried to contact us, leaving a message on the phone to call back due to an emergency, but we really had no clue what was going on. And though we tried several times to return the call, we were not able to make a connection. As I helped prepare supper, an overwhelming feeling of deep concern for Ethan and dread filled my heart, and I quietly blinked back tears. I looked out the window, half expecting to see a police officer pulling in, but no.
However, within minutes, a police car DID pull in our driveway. In my heart, I feared the worst, but I went outside to speak with him. He confirmed who I and my husband (who followed me out) were, then hesitantly told us our son had fallen off a bluff and had succumbed to his injuries. Our hearts were crushed…. Still are.
Yet, in all of our brokenness, deep, continual grief and loneliness, we have such a blessed Hope and assurance that we will see our dear son again. You see, even as a young boy, Ethan realized some very important truths from God's Word.
He had sinned against a righteous, holy and just God. The Bible says:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; ” (Romans 3:23)
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)
He understood that his sin separated him from God, and he deserved to spend eternity in Hell.
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
He understood he could not pay the price for his sins.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Ethan realized that, 'though he could not pay the price for his sins, the price had already been paid in full by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life. He had no fault of His own. But Jesus was crucified for our sins, and He took on Himself the sins of every person in the whole world. He was beaten, spit on, whipped, mocked, scourged, and nailed to the Cross of Calvary. He shed every drop of His righteous blood – because that was the only thing that could satisfy the just demands of a righteous God – so we could be made righteous in Him. He suffered all of that so Ethan – and you and I – would not have to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire, but so we could spend eternity in Heaven with HIM! THAT is a great LOVE.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Jesus did not stay on the cross, nor did He stay in the tomb where His body was buried. Three days later, Jesus arose triumphant over sin and death and the grave. Ethan believed this with his whole heart, asked Jesus to forgive his sins, and he put his faith in Jesus Christ ALONE to save him from sin and eternal death and to take him to Heaven someday.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
Because of this great salvation, Ethan lived his life serving Jesus and others. He worked hard to spread this Good News to the world. We know he is alive in Heaven with Jesus today, and we know we will see him again soon, not because he was a great kid, but because of his faith in the great Saviour!
What about you? What if you had fallen to your death that day? Would your family, though grieving, be able to rejoice in the knowledge that they would see you again in Heaven, or would you be burning in Hell today?
The Word of God is very clear that there is only One Way to Heaven. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Have YOU trusted Jesus as YOUR Saviour? Have you repented of your sins? Have you asked Jesus to forgive you so you can go to Heaven & not have to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire? Tomorrow may be too late. As Ethan pulled out of sight that morning, we had no idea we would never see him again in this life. None of us have the promise of tomorrow! Repent of your sins and put your faith in Jesus alone – today!
“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." James 4:14￼
It’s a pity about race relations these days and faceless subversives are undoing everything people like Tutu, King and Mandela did. This great man brought people together. Now some want to cause division.
Huge respect to "the arch". He was equally critical of the apartheid regime as he was of the corrupt ANC government. You were the moral compass of SA and will be sorely missed.
Defund the BBC
Friends of Israel are friends of apartheid.
Hello, please, pay attention on the planet, you’re it child!
Whatever Boris Johnson says is now irrelevant. He is hated throughout the country and quite rightly so.
R.I.P. Desmond Tutu.
He was a happy soul and I'm glad to have met and served him. Lilale khahle
Rest in peace
RIP Bishop Tutu. We will miss you. You were an incredible and humble man. You never gave up on the struggle. A huge loss to everyone. Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦😥
Friends of Israel are friends of apartheid.
May the irreplaceable Bishop Desmond Tutu sweet soul R.I.P 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
RIP what a great man 😔
This is not British news….tell me about the UK not about foreigners…..!
Free Palestine 🇵🇸🇵🇸
He never apologized for his anti-Semitism and his support of the terrorist BDS
That is his legacy to me as a Jew
Most corrupt priest $3million I bet your leaving that to charity.
A clue for the old kids
No more 2/2 degrees then
The saddest part, is that just like the funeral for Nelson Mandela. The current evil ANC will find a way to make money from this funeral. They will use any opportunity to make money, even the death of this great man
Don’t mess with my Tutu . ✊🏿 RIP 🪦
UNGA BUNGA KUNGA G 👍🏿👍🏿✊🏿
Rest in Peace Both Leader God Bless him family and friends
They were both great, courageous people,who helped to restore peace,dignity,human rights