The general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday morning 9 December, to attend events in honour of Nelson Mandela who died Thursday, 5 December.
Celebrating the life and works of Nelson Mandela, Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, called Mandela a “global icon of justice, peace and dignity” for Africa and the world.
Calling Nelson Mandela a leader with hard-won wisdom and maturity unparalleled in our time, the WCC general secretary gave thanks to God for Mandela’s life, which he described as a gift to South Africa and the whole world.
17 January 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity