Desmond Tutu: 12 things you should know about late S/Africa’s Archbishop

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus Is Dead.

Ejes Gist News can authoritatively report that died on Sunday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Archbishop ’s death.

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At the age of 90, the anti-apartheid icon passed away.

This comes five years after the South African anti-apartheid icon expressed his desire for the option of a dignified assisted death on his 85th birthday in October 2016.

“I’ve made plans for my death and stated unequivocally that I don’t want to be kept alive at all costs.”

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“I hope I’m treated with compassion and given the opportunity to continue my life’s journey in the way I want.”

“For those who are suffering unbearably and are nearing the end of their lives, simply knowing that an assisted death option is available to them can provide immeasurable comfort,” he wrote in the article. Tutu wrote in The Washington Post in an op-ed piece.

One of the reasons for his frequent hospitalizations before his death was an infection caused by the prostate cancer treatment he had been receiving for over 24 years.

In South Africa, medically assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia is illegal, but there have been growing calls to legalize it in recent years.

Here are a dozen interesting facts about the late Archbishop of Canterbury.

1 – He is the Church of the Province of Southern Africa’s first black bishop and Archbishop of Cape Town (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).

2 – Throughout his long and illustrious life, Tutu was honored with numerous international awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

3 – He began his career as a teacher after leaving school, and after three years of teaching at a high school, he began studying theology and was ordained as a priest in 1960.

4 – In England, he earned a Master of Theology degree in 1966.

5 – He was the first black person to be appointed Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg in 1975. He served as Bishop of Lesotho from 1976 to 1978.

6- In 1978, he became the South African Council of Churches’ first black general secretary.

7 – Tutu led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after apartheid ended.Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus

8 – After serving as Archbishop of Cape Town for ten years, he retired in 1996 and was given the honorary title of emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town, a rare honorary title in the Anglican church.

9 – Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 and received successful treatment in the United States. He was readmitted to the hospital several times after that to try to figure out what was causing the recurring infections.

10 – The world got its first proper look at Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby son in September 2019, when the couple relished their meeting with Tutu in Cape Town, which they shared on their official Instagram with the caption “Arch, meet Archie.”

11 – Tutu married Leah, whom he met in college, and they had four children together.

12 – Their only son, Trevor Tutu, is the eldest child. He was named after Tutu’s mentor and fellow apartheid activist Trevor Huddleston..

Theresa Thandi Tutu, their eldest daughter, lives a mostly private life. Naomi Tutu studied in the United States and founded a foundation to help South African refugees with scholarships and other assistance.

Their youngest daughter, Mpho Tutu, followed in her father’s footsteps and became a cleric and human rights activist. Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference, a book she co-wrote with her father in 2010, was published in 2010.


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