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Bishop Nicholas Hudson, on behalf of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has shared a message on the occasion of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, expressing condolences to his family and the Anglican Communion.

Read his message in full:

It was with sadness that we learnt of the death yesterday of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We would wish, as a Diocese, to offer sincere condolences to his family and to the whole Anglican Communion. We join with them in prayer for the repose of his soul.

We recall with joy Pope Francis’ attribution of the inspiration for Fratelli Tutti at least in part to the ministry of Archbishop Tutu, whom we salute for his decades-long witness to justice, racial equality and reconciliation. His death is an occasion to redouble our prayers for the people of South Africa, so many of whom continue to suffer real hardship.

May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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