Condolences on the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The Most Rev Dr Thabo Makgoba
Archbishop of Capetown & Metropolitan
Anglican Church of Southern Africa
I greet you in the precious name of Immanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ, God with us. Grace and peace to you in this Christmastide.
I write to extend the deep sympathy and condolences of the Bishops, clergy and laity of the Province of New South Wales, including the Dioceses of Sydney, Newcastle, Grafton, Armidale, Bathurst and Riverina on the occasion of the death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
Anglicans across the world give thanks to our gracious God for the life and ministry of Archbishop Tutu. We appreciate his deep prayerfulness, attentiveness to Scripture and compassion for all people. He was fearless in circumstances of threat and injustice, yet he maintained a Christ-like gentleness and practiced ‘love for enemies’. We thank God for his commitment to justice and equality, his example of sacrificial and servant-hearted discipleship and his proclamation of the gospel of Jesus in word and deed.
As the nation of South Africa mourns his passing, gives thanks for his ministry and rests in our eternal hope, be assured of our prayers for you all, and especially Madame Tutu, their children and grandchildren.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
Archbishop of Sydney &
Metropolitan of the Province of New South Wales