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This Thursday At St. Francis Xavier Church, The Global Rainbow Foundation Pays Tribute To Desmond Tutu

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This Thursday at 2 p.m. in the courtyard of St. Francis Church in Port Louis, the Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF) will pay tribute to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Anglican archbishop and icon of the anti-apartheid struggle and spiritual father of the Rainbow Nation of South Africa. The ceremony will be hosted by Father Philippe Fanchette, GRF founder Armoogum Parsuramen and former ambassador Alain Laridon. This ceremony is in tribute to the archbishop emeritus and will be held in accordance with health protocol.

Armoogum Parsuramen
Armoogum Parsuramen

This great tribune died on December 26 at the age of 90. His funeral took place on January 1, 2022 at the Cathedral of St. George in Cape Town, South Africa. With many restrictions on South Africa after the discovery of the Omicron variant, Lesotho’s King Letsie III was the only sitting ruler present at the ceremony.

Becoming a teacher in 1954 at a time when the South African government was attacking black education, Desmond Tutu gave up education in protest and joined the seminary in 1958 to become a pastor at the age of 27. He continued his theological studies in 1965 at King’s College and became a priest in 1976. It was in New York in 1984 that he learned that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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