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(RNS) As the world reacted to the death of South African hero Nelson Mandela, on Thursday (Dec. 5) at age 95, religious and political leaders added their voices to remember the man who brought down his nation’s race-dividing apartheid system. Here’s a sampling.

Categories: Culture


Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.


  1. The death of God’s son, Jesus, accomplishes much more than this man’s death. It provides forgiveness of our sins now, the means to get rid of sin we inherited from Adam and Eve, and the opportunity to live forever on a paradise earth in the near future (Revelation 21:1-4). Mr. Mandela is still asleep in death (Ecclesiastes 9:5,10) and can look forward to a resurrection on that earth as well (John 5:28,29).

  2. Deb Geelsdottir

    For the first, and probably last time, I am in complete and full agreement with Schwarzenegger.

    I have had the immense blessing of Mandela, MLK, Ghandi; all were God walking on the surface of this planet. I am overwhelmed.

  3. i dont believe this. How can u mix mandela with religion when the men him self never mention not even once the name God in his famours quotes? e.g i quote ”human can be tot to love because love cums NATURAL to the human heart