Candle in the hand

"The memorial service will focus on Desmond Tutus legacy in the fight for equality, justice, peace and reconciliation. The Church of Norway has a longstanding friendship with Tutu through our joint efforts to fight apartheid. This is an important source of inspiration for us,” says Most Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, presiding bishop of the Church of Norway.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current infection control regulations, only 50 invited guests will be able to attend the service. The invitees will represent the Norwegian government and the Church of Norway as well as other denominations.

Tveit will preside over the service. The service will feature music and prayers that have been central to Tutus work.

"We regret that we have to restrict the number of attendees due to the current regulations. In the spirit of Tutu we would have liked to open the doors for everyone wishing to attend. The Norwegian public broadcaster NRK will carry the service live so that more people can take part from their homes," says Tveit.

Link to the memorial service for Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Oslo Cathedral, 9 January 2022 5.30pm CET