Tributes from all over the world poured in on social media after the news broke on Sunday that Desmond Tutu died in Cape Town.
On Sunday, social media was flooded with tributes after the news broke of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu’s passing.
He passed away today, Sunday, 26 December 2021.
The Presidency made the announcement in a statement.
Tutu, the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, passed away in Cape Town. He was 90 years old.
Tutu was under treatment for prostate cancer for more than two decades.
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Known for his charisma and his love for peace and humanitarianism, Tutu’s influence globally remains formidable. This was clear as tributes and messages of condolences poured in from across the world on Sunday.
Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. His father was a teacher, and he himself was educated at Johannesburg Bantu High School. After leaving school he trained first as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and in 1954 he graduated from the University of South Africa. After three years as a high school teacher, he began to study theology, being ordained as a priest in 1960.
The years 1962-66 were devoted to further theological study in England leading up to a Master of Theology. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as the assistant director of a theological institute in London. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Tutu is an honorary doctor of a number of leading universities in the USA, Britain, and Germany.