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Prayers offered for Mandela

on June 26, 2013 10:20 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African archbishop who visited Nelson Mandela in a hospital has offered a prayer in which he wishes for a “peaceful, perfect, end” for the former president and anti-apartheid leader.

There was no word early today on 94-year-old Mandela’s condition, which was critical a day earlier, according to the government. Outside the Pretoria hospital where he was being treated, well-wishers have left flowers, drawings and messages of support for a man regarded as a symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation in a country that emerged from white minority rule to become a democracy two decades ago.

“Let’s accept instead of crying,” said Lucas Aedwaba, a security officer who described Mandela as a hero. “Let’s celebrate that the old man lived and left his legacy.”

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