Johannesburg, Jan 2 (EFE).- The ashes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday were buried at Cape Town’s Cathedral of St. George a day after his state funeral, Anglican religious authorities said.
They were buried in front of the main altar of the temple in a private 30-minute ceremony attended by some 20 family members — including his widow, Nomalizo Leah Tutu.
As per his request, Tutu was cremated after the service and the state funeral held on Saturday at the cathedral where he presided as Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986-1996.
In the coming weeks, events honoring Tutu will take place in South Africa and other parts of the world, including a ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey.
He received the Nobel Prize in 1984 in recognition of his role in the struggle against South Africa’s racist apartheid system.
Under President Mandela, he led a Truth and Reconciliation Commission that gave victims a chance to be heard and perpetrators an opportunity to avoid prosecution if they confessed to their crimes.
In his later years, Tutu showed himself willing to clash with the Anglican hierarchy over his support for LGBT rights and euthanasia.
He died at the age of 90 on December 26. EFE