Today I learned that Nelson Mandela, former South African president and a hero to all, had passed away. Here is the statement that I released to the press:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2013
STATEMENT OF CARDINAL DOLAN ON THE PASSING OF NELSON MANDELA
Nelson Mandela was a hero to the world. His bravery in defending human rights against the great evil of apartheid made him a symbol of courage and dignity, as well as an inspiration to people everywhere. As Blessed Pope John Paul II noted during his visit to South Africa in 1995, Nelson Mandela was for many years, “a silent and suffering ‘witness’ of your people’s yearning for true liberation,” who, as President of South Africa, had to then “shoulder the burden of inspiring and challenging everyone to succeed in the task of national reconciliation and reconstruction.” In succeeding in these crucial and difficult tasks, Nelson Mandela truly made the world a better place.
May he rest in peace.