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Tutu celebrates 40 years as a bishop at thanksgiving Mass

Published 10/07/2016

Desmond Tutu celebrates his four decades as a bishop at a special thanksgiving Mass (AP)
Desmond Tutu celebrates his four decades as a bishop at a special thanksgiving Mass (AP)

Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu on Sunday celebrated four decades of service as a bishop at a mass at St Mary's Cathedral and central Johannesburg.

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, 84, was dean at St Mary's when he was appointed bishop of Lesotho 40 years ago.

Tutu later became the first black archbishop of Cape Town where he was an outspoken opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime, which enforced a harsh system of racial discrimination.

He was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1984.

Since the end of apartheid in 1994, Tutu has campaigned for human rights, to fight HIV/Aids, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.

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