The Columbus Dispatch

Tutu remains interred amid call to rename Cape Town airport


CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The remains of Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, were interred early Sunday during a private family service at the city’s Anglican cathedral.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba laid a small box containing Tutu’s remains to rest in the floor in front of the high altar at St George’s Cathedral. Tutu’s widow, children and other family members attended the 30-minute service.

Makgoba suggested that to honor the late Nobel laureate, Cape Town’s airport should be renamed Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu Internatio­nal Airport.

He called on all South Africans to “turn a new page” and commit to “the radical, revolution­ary change” that Tutu advocated.

“Let us live as simply as he lived, exemplifie­d by his pine coffin with rope handles,” Makgoba said in his homily. “Let those of us who have resources pull in our belts, that others can eat enough to fill their stomachs. Let us reorder our society to end inequality and create equal opportunit­ies for all.”

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