Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his holiness Dalai Lama | Image Source: facebook.com/DalaiLama
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the cleric, social activist, and giant of South Africa’s struggle against white minority rule, died on Sunday at the age of 90. Activists, politicians, and religious figures from around the world have paid tribute.
My dad is at rest. Thank you Tshezi for all you have been to our family and the world. Lala ngo xolo Desmond Mpilo Tutu.
— Naomi Tutu (@TutuNaomi) December 26, 2021
The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, said: “The passing of archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa.
The Prime minister, Shri Narendra Modi expressed deep grief over the demise of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was a guiding light for countless people globally. His emphasis on human dignity and equality will be forever remembered. I am deeply saddened by his demise, and extend my heartfelt condolences to all his admirers. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 26, 2021
His holiness Dalai Lama, through his Facebook page, conveyed heartfelt condolences. He composed a letter to Archbishop’s daughter, Rev. Mpho Tutu. He conveyed, “Please accept my heartfelt condolences,” he wrote, “and convey the same to your mother and other members of your family. I pray for him. “As you know, over the years, your father and I enjoyed an enduring friendship. I remember the many occasions we spent time together, including the week here at Dharamsala in 2015 when we were able to share our thoughts on how to increase peace and joy in the world. The friendship and the spiritual bond between us were something we cherished. He further mentioned:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was entirely dedicated to serving his brothers and sisters for the greater common good. He was a true humanitarian and a committed advocate of human rights. His work for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was an inspiration for others around the world.
With his passing away, we have lost a great man, who lived a truly meaningful life. He was devoted to the service of others, especially those who are least fortunate. I am convinced the best tribute we can pay him and keep his spirit alive is to do as he did and constantly look to see how we too can be of help to others.