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Message of Condolence from Cardinal Oswald Gracias

Dec. 10, 2013

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India deeply mourns the passing away of Mr. Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In Nelson Mandela’s death the world has lost one of the finest human being and leader. Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon of South Africa, had unified his country, steered it away from bloodshed and conflict and led his country from racial apartheid to equal dignity for all. His life was the epitome of sacrifice, dedication and determination. Even after 27 years of imprisonment, he never harboured any ill feeling of hatred or vindictiveness towards those responsible for this long period of unjust detention. He taught the world the meaning, value and effectiveness of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life totally for the cause of peace, freedom, promotion of human dignity and reconciliation. In his condolence message Pope Francis underlined the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of the people of all nations. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India joins with the people of South Africa who mourn the demise of the person who guided their destiny towards freedom and prosperity and joins with millions around the world who feel a sense of loss at the death of the one who had become for them a source of inspiration and a citadel of hope.

Source: CBCI website

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