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A week of memorial services is planned to pay homage to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The 90-year-old anti-apartheid veteran died on Christmas Day at the Oasis Frail Care Center in Cape Town.

His funeral will take place in Cape Town on Saturday, January 1, but the plans are still in their infancy, a statement from the Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said.

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What will the week of memorial services include?

From 27 to 31 December, the bells of St George’s Cathedral in the capital of South Africa will ring for 10 minutes from noon in homage to Mr Tutu, with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba hear asks to stop and remember him.

A memorial service will be held in the city on Wednesday, December 29, but more details will be announced later.

Afterwards, an “intimate evening” will be held on Thursday for the friends of Archbishop Tutu and his wife, the statement continued.

His body will then be able to lie in St George’s Cathedral on Friday to give people their respect before Archbishop Makgoba leads a funeral service on Saturday.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu at St.  Pauls Cathedral during a thanksgiving service to celebrate the tenth anniversary of democracy in South Africa.  The veteran anti-apartheid campaign, during an interview on BBC 1's Breakfast with Frost program, had earlier called on the cricketers of England not to tour Zimbabwe.
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World leaders paid tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu

A Nobel Peace Prize, a ‘rainbow nation’ and the first black bishop of Johannesburg

In his life, Archbishop Tutu was an outspoken critic of the former brutal system of oppression of South Africa against the black majority of the country, was the first black bishop of Johannesburg, and in 1984 won the Nobel Peace Prize for his human rights work.

In the same year, he held South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, calling the country’s multiracial society a “rainbow nation”.

Mr Tutu also campaigned for LGBT + same-sex marriage and marriage, saying in 2013: “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about it.

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say, ‘Sorry, I would much rather go to another place.'”

Launching a campaign for LGBT + rights in Cape Town, he said he was “as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me it is on the same level”.

In the 1990s, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had been hospitalized several times in recent years to treat infections associated with his cancer treatment.

Queen Elizabeth II (R) of Britain leaves St Georges Cathedral, accompanied by Archbishop Desmond Tutu (L) and President Nelson Mandela (C), after attending a Human Rights Day service, 21 March.  The Queen is on a six-day state visit to South Africa, her first visit to the country since 1947
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the Queen

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World leaders pay homage to ‘critical figure’ and ‘moral compass’

Several world leaders paid tribute to Mr. Tutu, including the Queen who said the entire royal family was “deeply saddened” by his death.

“I think fondly of my encounters with him and his great warmth and humor,” she said.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said they were “heartbroken” to discover that Mr Tutu had died.

They said in a statement: “We have been blessed to spend time with him on several occasions over the past years.

“His courage and moral clarity helped inspire our efforts to change American policy toward the repressive Apartheid regime in South Africa.”

US President Barack Obama (L) listens to Desmond Tutu as he visits his HIV Foundation Youth Center and attends a youth health event in Cape Town, June 30, 2013
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Former United States President Barack Obama (left) and Desmond Tutu in 2013

The South African icon who was loved far and wide from his homeland

Former United States President Barack Obama tweeted: “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others. A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also engaging in injustice everywhere.

“He never lost his immense sense of humor and willingness to find humanity in his opponents, and Michelle and I will miss him dearly.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“He was a critical figure in the fight against apartheid and in the fight to create a new South Africa – and will be remembered for his spiritual leadership and not to suppress good humor.”

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