Mandela: Bishop of Oxford says the world had lost one of its noblest figures (From The Oxford Times)
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Mandela: Bishop of Oxford says the world had lost one of its noblest figures
9:07am Friday 6th December 2013 in News
The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt. Rev. John Pritchard has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela saying the world had lost one of its noblest figures.
In a statement issued this morning he said: "His courage, dignity and unswerving loyalty to truth made his long walk to freedom an inspiration for untold millions of people, especially those who continue to live under tyranny.
"His years of imprisonment only strengthened his moral and spiritual resources. His leadership was marked by the most remarkable magnanimity such that, for example, he made sure his Robben Island gaoler was invited to his installation as President.
"His partnership with Archbishop Desmond Tutu was crucial to the cause of freedom and equality, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission embodied his spirit of forgiveness and hope.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in our link diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman where we know many brave people who were involved in the struggle against apartheid.
"Our brothers and sisters there may have lost the Father of the Nation, but they live more securely as children of God because of the character and courage of that great man.
"May he rest in peace, and rise in glory."