The Archbishop’s funeral will take place on January 1 in Cape Town


The funeral of South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a figure in the fight against the apartheid regime, will take place on Saturday January 1 in Cape Town, in St. George’s Cathedral, his former parish, his founding announced on Sunday. evening.

« Arrangements for a week of mourning are only in their early stages, » the foundation announced in a statement, while specifying « a number of events confirmed for the coming week until the funeral of » The Arch « in Cape Town on Saturday January 1, 2022 ». Bishop Tutu died Sunday morning in Cape Town, at the age of 90.

The bells ringing every day

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, « calls on all who hear the bells to take a break from their busy schedule to pay homage to Archbishop Tutu. » 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.

An intimate evening with the family Thursday evening

Thursday evening, the Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the two institutions representing the family and legacy of Bishop Tutu, authors of the press release, will organize “an intimate evening with the friends of the Archbishop” and of his widow Leah Tutu.

On Friday, Bishop Tutu’s body “will rest in a fiery chapel in the cathedral”. Finally, the next day, Archbishop Makgoba will lead the funeral service for Bishop Tutu in the cathedral, the statement added.

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