Desmond Tutu

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Church Bars Tutu's Daughter From Leading Funeral

The Rev. Mpho Tutu van Furth is in a same-sex marriage, prohibited by Church of England

(Newser) - The Rev. Mpho Tutu van Furth, daughter of the late Desmond Tutu, is an Anglican priest, which would seem to qualify her to officiate over a church funeral. But she's married to a woman, which the Church of England does not sanction. So Furth was told by her church...

Tributes Reflect Tutu's Reach
Tributes Reflect
Tutu's Reach

Tributes Reflect Tutu's Reach

Palestinians, Israelis join appreciation of crusader against injustice

(Newser) - Tributes to Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered a reminder that his influence was felt far beyond South Africa. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who died Sunday , was remembered for his courage, his humanity, and his "impish sense of humor." The tributes came from:

Desmond Tutu Has Died at 90
Desmond Tutu Has 
Died at 90

Desmond Tutu Has Died at 90

World mourns South African freedom fighter

(Newser) - Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday. He was 90. An uncompromising foe of apartheid—South Africa’s brutal regime of oppression against the Black majority—...

The World Gets a Rare Look at Baby Archie

He and his parents met with Desmond Tutu in South Africa on Wednesday

(Newser) - Baby Archie made a rare public appearance on Wednesday as his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, continued their first official tour as a family in South Africa. Meghan held Archie as the royal couple met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, reports the AP . (See...

Desmond Tutu: I Want Option of Assisted Death
Desmond Tutu: I Want
Option of Assisted Death

Desmond Tutu: I Want Option of Assisted Death

'Dying people should have the right to choose,' writes archbishop

(Newser) - On the same day that 2016's Nobel Peace Prize winner was announced , another Nobel laureate is making headlines with an opinion piece in the Washington Post —on making peace with life's end. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African activist who for years fought tirelessly for civil rights,...

Desmond Tutu's Daughter Leaves Church Over Gay Marriage

Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth married a woman in December

(Newser) - The daughter of Africa's most famous archbishop is leaving the priesthood over her marriage to a woman. The Washington Post reports Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, daughter of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Desmond Tutu, married Marceline Furth in December. Same-sex marriage was legalized in South Africa in 2006, but the...

Nobel Laureates to Obama: Open Up on CIA Torture

Desmond Tutu, José Ramos-Horta lead charge for transparency

(Newser) - Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have penned a letter to President Obama that asks their fellow laureate to open up a "grim chapter" in US history: the use of torture. The open letter on—chaired by former East Timor President José Ramos-Horta—appeals to the president to...

A Tiny David Sues the World's Nuclear Goliaths

Marshall Islands call for justice in non-proliferation treaty

(Newser) - The world's nuclear powers are getting hauled into international court by a tiny challenger. The Marshall Islands are suing the nine nuke-equipped countries in nine cases in the Hague—though the case against the US was also filed in a San Francisco federal court, Reuters reports. The Islands hold...

Mandela's Body Arrives in Home Village as Tutu 'Snubbed'

Retired archbishop says he was not invited to tomorrow's funeral

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela's body arrived in his home village of Qunu today ahead of a funeral and burial tomorrow, the AP reports. The hearse carrying his casket was escorted by throngs of police, military, and other vehicles after being flown from the South African capital on a military plane. Many...

Desmond Tutu's Home Robbed —He Was at Mandela Service

Thieves take advantage in South Africa

(Newser) - A low blow: Police in South Africa say retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu's home was robbed while he was away to attend Nelson Mandela's memorial service. A statement from the South African Police Service said the robbery of Tutu's home in Cape Town happened between 7 and 9pm...

Wait, American Lives Are Worth More Than Others'?
Wait, American Lives Are Worth More Than Others'?
desmond tutu

Wait, American Lives Are Worth More Than Others'?

Desmond Tutu compares US drone mindset to apartheid, slavery

(Newser) - Desmond Tutu has unloaded on the Obama White House in a letter to the editor in the New York Times , drawing a parallel to the US war on terror with both slavery and apartheid. Tutu was set off by a story this week saying the US might set up a...

EU Accepts Peace Prize Amid Protest

Former winners, local demonstrators slam award

(Newser) - The European Union officially received the Nobel Peace Prize today in an Oslo ceremony attended by some 20 EU leaders, including Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and UK deputy PM Nick Clegg. The prize committee applauded the EU's efforts toward peace in Europe after World War II, and called leaders...

Desmond Tutu: Haul Bush, Blair in for ICC Trial

Pair behaved 'like playground bullies' in falsely starting Iraq war

(Newser) - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu says Tony Blair and George Bush should face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for the Observer today that...

South Africa Blocks Dalai Lama Visit

Desmond Tutu slams ANC after visa denied

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama helped in the fight against apartheid but now South Africa won't even allow him in, a furious Archbishop Desmond Tutu charged yesterday. The Tibetan spiritual leader canceled a planned trip to South Africa this week after it became apparent that he would not receive a visa...

Retiring Desmond Tutu: 'Justice Will Prevail'

He says God is 'biased in favor of the weak'

(Newser) - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu turns 79 today and is retiring from public life to spend more time with family and friends. In an interview with Time , he shares some of what he's learned: On good and evil, he's found "that in spite of all the horror of injustice...

Medals of Freedom Will Go to Milk, Kennedy, Poitier

(Newser) - This year's Medal of Freedom recipients share a capacity to change the world, President Obama said today in naming the eclectic group. Among the 16 honorees are Sen. Ted Kennedy, slain gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, actor Sidney Poitier, tennis great Billie Jean King, and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day...

Burma Will Allow Diplomats to Visit Suu Kyi

Dictatorship also opens trial to media after global outcry

(Newser) - Burma's ruling junta will take the unusual step of allowing diplomats to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader currently on trial, reports CNN. Officials from Russia, Singapore, and Thailand are expected to meet Suu Kyi later today. On the third day of the trial, the government allowed...

Peace Meeting Called Off Over Dalai Lama Ban

South Africa stands firm as Nobel winner Tutu, others protest

(Newser) - South Africa’s decision to bar the Dalai Lama from entering the country has scuttled this week’s scheduled conference for Nobel laureates, the BBC reports. Laureates were to discuss how next year’s soccer World Cup could fight racism and xenophobia, but homegrown winners Desmond Tutu and FW de...

South Africa Bars Dalai Lama From Peace Conference

Move outrages fellow Nobel laureates

(Newser) - One notable Nobel laureate won’t be at this week’s peace conference in South Africa: The Dalai Lama. South Africa has denied the Tibetan spiritual leader entry, bowing to pressure from trading partner China, the Times of London reports. The Nobel laureates organizing the event are outraged, with Archbishop...

Tutu Urges Obama to Apologize for Iraq

Don't disappoint world after winning election, says ex-archbishop

(Newser) - Desmond Tutu says Barack Obama's election made him want "to jump and dance and shout," and he's encouraging the new president to apologize for the invasion of Iraq. Obama “could easily squander the goodwill that his election generated if he disappoints,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner...

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