Church leaders around the world have paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, with Pope Francis praying that people will follow the example of justice and common good set forth by South Africa's first-ever black president.
"In commending the soul of the deceased to the infinite mercy of Almighty God, I ask the Lord to console and strengthen all who mourn his loss," Francis wrote in a telegram on Friday, sending his condolences to Mandela's family and all the people in South Africa.
"Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation's citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late President's example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations." more >>
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black President, died at age 95 on Thursday and reports claim that his funeral is set to become one of the largest in history.
The anti-apartheid hero will reportedly be remembered in a 10-day memorial service and his funeral is expected to be held at the Johannesburg soccer stadium next Sunday. It will be broadcast to millions around the world.
Desmond Tutu, the former archbishop of Cape Town and a long-time friend of Mandela's, is expected to hold the Sunday service which will be attended by US President Barack Obama, MailOnline UK reported. more >>
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South African activist and president, has died at the age of 95 surrounded by his family at his home in the African nation he helped deliver from hundreds of years of racial segregation.
Mandela, loved by his countrymen and admired around the world for his relentless fight against racial injustice and oppression, gave audience to many global leaders, controversial ones included, and celebrities who stood in awe of his life's work.
Below are 10 photos of such meetings with Mandela. Read about the late South African president's passing here: Former South African President Nelson Mandela Is Dead at 95 more >>
South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday that revered former South African President Nelson Mandela has died. He was 95.
"This is the moment of our deepest sorrow. Our nation has lost its greatest son, yet what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," said Zuma in an address on CNN.
"We saw in him what we seek in ourselves and in him we saw so much of ourselves. Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell," he added. more >>
A high-octane mix of alcohol and demonic involvement caused some in his Ethiopian village to label him insane. His own family had to bind him with heavy restraints when they sought relief from a witch doctor.
"I was one of the people possessed by an evil spirit and was being tormented by the spirit of evil in this land," says Dawit. (His name is changed for his protection.) "I was also a drunk and given the nickname of 'crazy person.' My family would tie me up and take me to the witch doctor to heal me."
But his life went in an unexpected direction when a team showed the JESUS Film in his village. "He was very much touched by the love of Christ," says Gebre, with Great Commission Ministry in Ethiopia. "He cried and cried and cried and finally he received Christ." more >>
A Christ-centered network of microfinance institutions is helping to provide life-changing mobile banking services in greatly impoverished communities in Rwanda so that people could find more security in life.
"I think mHose helps me not sin as much. As president of the trust group, it's very difficult to get everyone in the group to pay on time. It's possible to find me cursing on phone or even yelling at them in person. Basically, it lowers my stress level when people are accountable and pay on time," Queen Nyirinkwaya, a married Rwanda woman with two daughters and a growing timber business, said in an interview shared with The Christian Post.
"mHose has made it easier for everyone to pay on time. Most people say they pay late because they don't want to leave their business, travel a long way, and stand in long lines. They hesitate because they don't know how long that will take." more >>