dimanche 26 février 2012

South Africa: If Desmond Tutu went to heaven and that he is refused the entry into ...

         "Tutu, Authorised" (written by Allister Sparks in collaboration with journalist Mpho Andrea Tutu, the younger daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu), was published by HarperOne, just before the 80th anniversary of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, moral conscience of  South Africa post-apartheid.

"What his friends think about him," an anthology of quotations from the book.

Nelson Mandela (b. 1918):

         "I believe that God expects the archbishop. He waits to welcome Desmond Tutu with open arms. If Desmond goes to heaven and that he refused entry into, then none of us can not enter!"

Mandela and his wife Graca Machel:


"I have not always agreed with him. Even if I disagreed with the Archbishop, I remained calm. I've never opposed in public. "

Graça Machel

         "Except once ... and I think the Archbishop was right. He criticized you because of these printed shirts you wear. He said a head of state must wear a suit. And you have answered that a man who wears the dress could not criticize someone for his shirts. "


"Yes ... but he had begun! "

Barack H. Obama, U.S. president, Nobel Peace Prize 2010:

         "Tribune of the oppressed voice of the voiceless, a champion of our consciences: Desmond Tutu has this sense of generosity, this spirit of unity, the essence of humanity that South Africans know the name of ubuntu".

Richard Branson, billionaire businessman:

         "One of the funny things that Peter Gabriel and I was done is learn to swim at the Arch (Tutu's nickname). It is rather round practice to roll, but he insisted swim! He forgot to tell me that he could walk on water, it would have been much easier. "

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader, Nobel Peace Prize:

         "I heard he called me his pin-up. It's very nice of him. I just sent him a really pretty picture. People sometimes ask me who my hero, and I always met Desmond Tutu ".

Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, his daughter:

         "When we were driving, at times, Dad prayed. You could talk to each other but not to him. He prayed. It was part of our lives."

Bob Geldof, singer, songwriter & Irish philanthropist:

"This is the smallest giant I have ever met. For the powerful, Arch is a real troublemaker. He never shuts."

The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Nobel Peace Prize:

         "Emotionally and mentally, we are very close. I call it my spiritual brother. He is always cheerful, always cheerful, he is a teaser. It's just a beautiful person."

Paul David Hewson aka Bono, singer, composer and philanthropist:

"The Arch is full of love, joy, laughter and irreverence. It is not at odds with the seriousness of his remarks. As his faith is a source of strength".

Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize:

         "His willingness to try his luck when he knows he's right, even though he knows that he risks being criticized by people who matter to him, shows an unusual amount of courage."

Frederick W. de Klerk, former president of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize:

         "I developed an immense respect for his fearlessness. It was not an intrepidity of a wild but rooted in deep faith in God."

Sally Muggeridge, founding member of the  TutuFoundation  in the UK:

         "Desmond is notorious for asking for directions to the police when he did not need, just because he loves to hear a policeman say -Mister.-".

Bill Cosby, american actor:

         "I do not know how many great, great, great leaders can voluntarily be as funny as him."

Desmond Tutu Mpilo, an exceptional destiny.

         Born October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp in the Transvaal. It is twelve years old when his family moved to Johannesburg. He was educated at Johannesburg Bantu High School (1945-1950) and then the Bantu Normal College (1951-1953) before joining the University of South Africa (1951-1954).
         He began his career teaching high school in Krugersdorp. On July 2, 1955, he married the teacher Leah Nomalizo Shenxane which gives four children (Trevor Thamsanqa Tutu, Theresa Thandeka Tutu, Naomi Tutu and Mpho Andrea Nontombi Tutu).
         After training at the Theological College of Rosettenville in Johannesburg in 1960, he was ordained an Anglican priest in 1961 and became chaplain of the University of Fort Hare. He earned a Masters in Theology at King's College London in 1966 and taught at the University Rome in Lesotho.
         Between 1972 and 1976 he was Deputy Director of the Africa Fund for Theological Education of the World Council of Churches in Bromley, Kent (Great Britain). On his return to South Africa, he was appointed Dean of St Mary's Anglican Cathedral, located in the heart of Johannesburg. Appointed bishop in Lesotho in 1976, he returned to Johannesburg in 1978 and became Secretary General of South African Council of Churches (SACC) and then Bishop of Johannesburg in 1985 (installed in Soweto).
         When he criticizes the purchase of South African coal by Denmark in 1979, he triggers a war between his church and the South African government. In May 1980, he was arrested and his passport was withdrawn for ten months. He opposes the violent actions of A. N.C. in 1985 to accelerate change in South African politics. He is the first Black to attain the dignity of archbishop in South Africa, September 3, 1986.
         Secretary General of the Conference of the Churches throughout Africa (CETA) involving 144 churches and national councils. He received the Nobel Peace Prize October 16, 1984 for his nonviolent struggle against racial segregation. He is also bristling honors including the honorary doctorate from Berlin University (Faculty of Theology) in 1993, winner of the Freedom of Worship issued by the Franklin D. Roosevelt for Freedom (1998), the French Legion of Honour (1998). By 1986, he chaired the national commission "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" composed of 17 members (seven black, six white, two Indian and two Metis) responsible for establishing the truth about the crimes of apartheid and restore the balance between races of South Africa on the basis of African humanism "Ubuntu".          
The findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were released November 29, 1998. He officially retired June 2, 1996. He was replaced at the General Secretariat of the Conference of Churches throughout Africa (CETA) by Jose Chipenda (67 years). From 1998 to 2000 he taught courses in theology at Emory University, Georgia to the United States.
         In 2003, he teaches courses at the University of Bensoville in northern Florida. The same year he was appointed Chairman of the Ecumenical Center for Liberation Theology based in Jerusalem. June 1, 2006, he was awarded the "Light of Truth in 2006" one of the most prestigious Tibetan movement International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), awarded in the form of a Tibetan butter lamp, symbol light from the hands of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the highest spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism Gelug (Nobel Prize for Literature).
His bibliography includes:
-The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness. The Struggle for Justice in South Africa
, Mowbray and Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, London, 1982.
-No Future without Forgiveness
, Telegraph Books Direct, London, 2000.
-Hope and Suffering: Sermons and Speeches ,
-The Rainbow People of God,
-The Essential Desmond Tutu,
-Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
Le Seuil, Paris, 2004.

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