South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier presided over a Requiem Mass for Nelson Mandela in Durban, and locals also attended Masses in the country’s largest Catholic church in Soweto on the weekend, ahead of today's memorial service with world leaders.
- The Tablet
At a service at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, the former seat of fellow anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop-emeritus of South Africa Desmond Tutu, the Anglican dean Michael Weeder told a packed congregation that Mandela’s life 'was an exposition of the African spirit of generosity. And as he dies, he lives again and again. He is resurrected in every act of kindness.'
The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, who has proved unable, or some say unwilling, to deal with the country’s increasing violence, corruption and inequality, delivered a eulogy for Mandela at a Methodist service in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Bryanston, which was attended by Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
'He believed in forgiveness and he forgave even those who kept him in jail for 27 years. He stood for freedom. He fought against those who oppressed others. He wanted everyone to be free,' said Mr Zuma.
Meanwhile of all the Catholic leaders across the world to have responded to the news of Mandela’s death, perhaps the most remarkable came from the bishop in Shanghai, who is being held under house arrest by the Chinese authorities.
China Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma, who has been incarcerated in Shanghai diocese’s Sheshan seminary since his episcopal ordination on July 7, 2012, paid carefully worded tributes to the former South African leader on his online blog, AsiaNews reported.