PICTURES: Lying In State Of Archbishop Desmond Tutu In South Africa

The casket containing the body of Archbishop Desmond Tutu arrives at St Georges cathedral for his lying in state, in Cape Town, South Africa, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

The body of Archbishop Desmond Tutu was carried Thursday into a historic cathedral where he once railed against the white rule to allow South Africans to bid farewell to the anti-apartheid icon.

Tutu, a Nobel Peace prize winner widely revered across racial and cultural divides in South Africa for his moral rectitude and principled fight against white-minority rule, died on Sunday aged 90.

A small bouquet of carnations was placed on top of a simple pine coffin carried by six Anglican priests.

Tutu’s simple pine coffin with rope handles, adorned with a single bunch of white carnations, was carried into St. George’s, Cathedral in Cape Town which provided a safe haven for anti-apartheid activists during the repressive white-minority rule.

Tutu’s successor, Thabo Makgoba, said a prayer after priests burnt incense over the coffin before it was lifted from the hearse.

Tutu’s widow Leah walked slowly behind as the coffin entered the cathedral in the city center.

The tireless spiritual and political leader who died peacefully at 90 on Boxing Day, will be cremated and his ashes buried on New Year’s Day.

Tutu will lie in state at the Anglican Church’s St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town throughout Thursday and Friday to allow as many people as possible to say their final goodbyes to the much-loved clergy and rights advocate.

Tutu’s lying in state had been extended to two days “for fear there might be a stampede,” Reverend Gilmore Fry told AFP.

Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 in recognition of his non-violent opposition to white minority rule. A decade later, he witnessed the end of that regime and chaired a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to unearth the atrocities committed under it.

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The casket containing the body of Archbishop Desmond Tutu arrives at St Georges cathedral for his lying in state, in Cape Town, South Africa, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
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Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba walks in front of the casket containing the body of Archbishop Desmond Tutu during arrival at St George’s cathedral for his lying in state, in Cape Town, South Africa December 30, 2021. ― Reuters pic
PICTURES: Lying In State Of Archbishop Desmond Tutu In South Africa - Vantage News Nigeria
Thabo Makgoba (R), Anglican Archbishop, and Michael Weeder (L), the Dean of St. George’s Cathedral, stands next to the coffin with the remains of South African anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu where he will lie in state at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on December 30, 2021. AFP
PICTURES: Lying In State Of Archbishop Desmond Tutu In South Africa - Vantage News Nigeria
Thandi Tutu (C), the daughter of South African anti-Apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is comforted while her father’s coffin arrives to lie in state at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on December 30, 2021. RODGER BOSCH / AFP
PICTURES: Lying In State Of Archbishop Desmond Tutu In South Africa - Vantage News Nigeria
People arrive at St. Georges Cathedral to pay respects to late Archbishop Desmond Tutu during his lying in state, in Cape Town, South Africa, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
PICTURES: Lying In State Of Archbishop Desmond Tutu In South Africa - Vantage News Nigeria
Flowers and a thank you note surround a portrait of former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu outside St. George’s Catherdral in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. At midday bells are rung to honour Tutu, a day after his death.
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St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town

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