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Pope pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Prays South Africa's first black president will keep inspiring

06 December, 12:38
Pope pays tribute to Nelson Mandela (see related stories) (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 6 - Pope Francis paid tribute to Nelson Mandela in a telegram to South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday after the death of the anti-apartheid leader. "It was with sadness that I learned of the death of former President Nelson Mandela, and I send prayerful condolences to all the Mandela family, to the members of the government and to all the people of South Africa," the telegram read.

"In commending the soul of the deceased to the infinite mercy of almighty God, I ask the lord to console and strengthen all who mourn his loss. "Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation's citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late president's example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations. "With these sentiments, I invoke upon all the people of South Africa divine gifts of peace and prosperity".