Archbishop Desmond Tutu's funeral to be held in Cape Town on January 1
Eva Deschamps / December 27, 2021
The funeral of the South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, figure of the fight against the apartheid regime, will take place on Saturday, January 1 in Cape Town, in St. George's Cathedral, his former parish, announced Sunday evening his foundation.
Arrangements for a week of mourning are in their early stages, the foundation announced in a statement, noting a number of confirmed events for the coming week leading up to the funeral of +The Arch+ in Cape Town on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
Archbishop Tutu died peacefully Sunday morning in Cape Town at the age of 90.
Among the provisions announced, the foundation indicates that the bells of St. George's Cathedral will be rung every day for ten minutes, starting at noon, all week from Monday to Friday.
The current Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, asks all those who hear the bells to take a break from their busy schedules to pay tribute to Archbishop Tutu.
On Wednesday, the Diocese of Pretoria and the South African Council of Churches will hold a memorial service in the capital, details of which will be announced later.
On Thursday evening, the Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the two institutions representing Archbishop Tutu's family and legacy that authored the release, will host an intimate evening with friends of the archbishop and his widow Leah Tutu.
On Friday, Archbishop Tutu's body will lie in state in the cathedral.
The next day, Archbishop Makgoba will conduct the funeral service for Archbishop Tutu in the cathedral, the statement said.