​Nelson Mandela

​A Memorial and Thanksgiving Service for Nelson Mandela will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne on Sunday 15 December at 6pm. Media are welcome to attend. The celebration of the life of former President Mandela will continue in Federation Square following the service.

The service to commemorate President Mandela’s life will be conducted by Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, and the Dean of St Paul’s, Dr Andreas Loewe. Philip Huggins, Bishop of the North and West Region of the Diocese of Melbourne, will preach. The Acting South African High Commissioner, Mr Ray Sithole, will deliver a tribute, and members of the Victorian African community, as well as political, community and faith leaders, will also take part in the service.

Dr Loewe said: “We are honoured to be able to celebrate the life, work and legacy of Nelson Mandela. His presidency was marked by a striving for reconciliation by acknowledging in truth the hurt and injustice caused by Apartheid, and seeking ways to forgive, reconcile and rebuild: all these are hallmarks of the Christian call to transform the places where we live and work to enable them to become the places God intends them to be – life-giving.

“Madiba's life was a life that was life-giving. We are delighted to be celebrating who he was, and what he means for so many of us, with the Victorian African community, led by the South African Consul.”

The Acting High Commissioner said: “Thank you to all Australians from all walks of life for being with us during this moment of mourning and yet also celebrating the life of South Africa's greatest son. Indeed, our loss is your loss and that of the world. We are saddened at the passing of our hero, the global icon and founding father of our young democracy. Madiba has served our nation and the world with unparalleled distinction, decisiveness, dignity and humility; we will forever remain indebted to him.”

A Condolence Book will be available to sign at the Cathedral from 5pm.

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