Catholic Charities joins in celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela and in mourning his death. First a prisoner and then a president, this conqueror of apartheid was a leader for all of us in the movement towards peace.
“Nelson Mandela was a hero to the world,” said His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan.
“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”