South Africa: Desmond Tutu’s funeral to take place on January 1

Lhe funeral of South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu will take place on Saturday 1is January in Cape Town, in St. George’s Cathedral, its former parish, announced Sunday, December 26, in the evening, its foundation. « Arrangements for a week of mourning are still in their infancy, » the foundation announced in a statement, while specifying « a number of events confirmed for the week ahead until the funeral of » The Arch « in Cape Town on Saturday January 1, 2022 ». Mgr Tutu, a figure in the struggle against the apartheid regime, died peacefully on Sunday morning in Cape Town, at the age of 90.

Among the provisions announced, the foundation indicates that « the bells of Saint George’s Cathedral will be rung every day for ten minutes, from noon », all week from Monday to Friday. The current Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, « asks all who hear the bells to take a break from their busy schedule to pay homage to Archbishop Tutu. »

On Friday, the body of Desmond Tutu « will rest in a fiery chapel in the cathedral »

On Wednesday, the Diocese of Pretoria and the South African Council of Churches will hold a memorial service in the capital, details of which will be announced later. Thursday evening, the Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the two institutions representing the family and legacy of Tutu, authors of the press release, will organize « an intimate evening with the friends of the Archbishop » and his widow Leah Tutu.

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Friday, the body of Mgr Tutu « will rest in a fiery chapel in the cathedral ». Finally the next day, Archbishop Makgoba will lead the funeral service for Tutu in the cathedral, the statement added.

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