JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — On Nelson Mandela’s street, there is singing.
Songs from the liberation struggle, songs in Mandela’s praise. Choruses of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika,” this country’s gorgeous national anthem, sung by the crowds that have gathered here since news came that Mandela had died.
Around the country, as South Africans young and old pay tribute to their beloved former president and national hero, the sadness is tempered with a celebration of his life rather than a tearful mourning of his death.
South Africa remembers Mandela with song
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for his struggle against racist white rule before emerging to become South Africa’s first democratically elected president, has died at the age of 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death to the nation in a televised statement live from the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Mandela, who had become increasingly frail over the years and suffered recurring lung infections, passed away Thursday at 8:50 p.m. local time. He is said to have died peacefully and in the company of family at his home in the Houghton area of Johannesburg.
"Our nation has lost its greatest son," Zuma told South Africans. "Our people have lost a father."
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The move would help protect children from pedophiles and better screen would-be priests, according to the Vatican. But it was dismissed as a “public relations stunt” by a leading victim advocacy group, who added that it would do little to shield young people from predatory priests.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, announced the creation of the commission Thursday at the conclusion of a meeting between Francis and his eight cardinal advisers in Vatican City who are helping him govern the church and reform the Vatican bureaucracy. Boston was the epicenter of the 2002 clerical sexual abuse scandal in the U.S.
O’Malley told reporters that the commission, made up of international lay and religious experts on sex abuse, would study current programs to protect children, better screen priests, train church personnel and suggest new initiatives to implement inside the Vatican and around the world.
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Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing.
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