Statement by Bishop John McAreavey on death of Nelson Mandela

06 Dec 2013

Statement by Bishop John McAreavey on death of Nelson Mandela                                                       

Bishop John McAreavey, Chair of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Episcopal Conference, issued the following statement on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela:

“In death, as in life, Nelson Mandela has united and inspired people across the world.  The outpouring of grief and expressions of admiration that followed his passing are a testament to his extraordinary legacy.  Through courageous self-sacrifice Mandela led people to freedom in the fullest sense of the word – the lasting, spiritual freedom that can only be achieved through reconciliation and forgiveness.  He was a true visionary and a powerful advocate for the need to engage in the harsh realities created by conflict in a spirit of truth, justice and human rights.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family and the people of South Africa at this time of mourning.  May he rest in peace, and may his example continue to challenge and inspire all of us to make a real commitment to the work of justice and peace.”


  • Bishop John McAreavey is Bishop of Dromore

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