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South Africa's bishops praise Mandela as model leader

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.


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  • 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"!