Nelson Mandela was honored by Pope Francis through the Pontiff's prayerful condolences, which was sent to the South African government and the Mandela family via telegram on Friday according to Vatican News.
The entire transcript of Pope Francis’ sentiments can be read below as reported by Vatican Radio.
It was with sadness that I learned of the death of former President Nelson Mandela, and I send prayerful condolences to all the Mandela family, to the members of the Government and to all the people of South Africa. In commending the soul of the deceased to the infinite mercy of Almighty God, I ask the Lord to console and strengthen all who mourn his loss.
Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations. With these sentiments, I invoke upon all the people of South Africa divine gifts of peace and prosperity.
In memory of Nelson Mandela, a quote of his that was found in The Daily Beast follows, which also resonated throughout Pope Francis' tribute of the late South African leader.
Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice (December 16, 1995).
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