Down to the Wire: Just $4,937 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

South Africa's bishops praise Mandela as model leader

Catholic World News - January 28, 2011

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have praised former President Nelson Mandela as “a veritable patriarch who stands for and is an example of the virtues of a truly great and loving Father, who cares for all near and dear to him.”

The bishops sent a message of prayerful support to Mandela as he recovers from a collapsed lung. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for opposition to the nation’s apartheid regime. He was released in 1990, and elected as the first president of South Africa’s post-apartheid government in 1994, remaining in that office until 1999. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, he is now 93 years old.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($52,532 to go):
$150,000.00 $97,468.13
35% 65%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Jan. 31, 2011 9:35 AM ET USA

    In my opnion Mandela totally let down the ture cause of freedom and liberty when he allowed his party to legalize abortion in his country. To me he is just another liberal/socialist who has closed his heart and mind to the greatest holocaust in the history of mankind. He is not worthy of praise by Catholic bishops.

  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 29, 2011 7:42 AM ET USA

    Why is is that Catholic bishops continue to praise world leaders with leftist or communist tendencies when the God-given gift of freedom allows mankind to achieve all that God intended. In his public statements and speeches Mandela is always critical of the democratic countries of the west, but has nothing but praise for the remaining communist dictators of the world like Castro, Qaddafi, Arafat, and Saddam. Praise for Mandela is hardly "teaching as Jesus did"!

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy November 26
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25