Bishop leads tributes to 'inspirational' Mandela

Ledbury Reporter: LEGEND: Nelson Mandela. LEGEND: Nelson Mandela.

VISITORS to Hereford Cathedral joined millions of people across the world in paying respects to the former South African president, Nelson Mandela.

The Bishop of Ludlow, currently leading the diocese of Hereford, also paid tribute to a “legend” who died last week.

A picture of the anti-apartheid activist, who emerged from prison to play a pivotal role in uniting his country, was set up in the cathedral, and candles were lit, giving people the chance to pay their respects.

The Right Reverend Alistair Magowan, Bishop of Ludlow, said: “We all share a tangible sense of loss following the death of Nelson Mandela.

“Very few statesmen have become legends in their own lifetime but Mandela is one who has achieved this.

“Time will tell, but it is almost certain history will record him as one of the great political leaders of the 20th century. Very few human beings would withstand the trials of imprisonment and hard service that Mandela experienced.

“Those years spent on Robben Island, he endured without being broken, bitter or vengeful.

“Despite being subject to hatred and oppression he became a person of strong character which he harnessed to further peace and reconciliation. It is the way in which he exuded forgiveness, truth and reconciliation that mark him as exceptional and inspirational.”

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