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South African cardinal salutes Mandela for sacrifice, humility

July 18, 2012

Nelson Mandela is a hero in South Africa because he “gave himself for the cause of freedom,” according to Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban.

As South Africans mark "Nelson Mandela Day" on the former president’s 94th birthday, July 18, Cardinal Napier said that Mandela had always been “a man very much concerned about others,” and a “very very humble man” who maintained the common touch even after becoming an international figure.


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