Archbishop Desmond Tutu to stay second night in hospital

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST News Service

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (ANS) – The BBC is reporting that South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu will spend a second nightDesmond Tutu and wife in hospital for treatment of a “persistent infection,” his family said.

Archbishop Tutu thanked “everyone who had sent love and prayers” since his admission to hospital in Cape Town, his daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu said.

The family hopes he will be able to return home “in a day or two,” his daughter said in an earlier statement.

He retired from public life in 2011 but continues to travel widely.

The 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate cancelled a planned trip to Rome in December following another infection.

“The admission is not thought to be linked to Archbishop Tutu’s treatment for prostate cancer, which has afflicted him for more than a decade,” according to the BBC.

His hospitalization comes a few days after he renewed his wedding vows to his wife Leah Tutu to mark their 60th wedding anniversary.

The BBC says that Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe may have described him as “evil,” but Archbishop Tutu remains a much-loved figure across the world – principally for his role in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid.

During the long years that Nelson Mandela was in prison, Archbishop Tutu spoke out against the regime – and won the Nobel peace prize in 1984 for his efforts.

He was chosen by President Mandela to chair South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and investigate the crimes committed by all sides during the apartheid regime.

At 78, “the Arch” – as he is known – has remained irrepressible and influential both in his native South Africa and on the global political stage.

He is chairman of a group of former world leaders called The Elders, launched on Nelson Mandela’s 89th birthday in 2007 with the aim of tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Photo cutline: Desmond Tutu, left, and his wife, Nomalizo Leah Tutu, have four children and seven grandchildren together (Getty Images).

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