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July 22nd, 2010
09:28 AM ET

South Africa's Tutu announces retirement

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced Thursday he will retire from public life in October, when he turns 79 years old.

"Instead of growing old gracefully, at home with my family - reading and writing and praying and thinking - too much of my time has been spent at airports and in hotels," the Nobel laureate said in a statement.

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Filed under: Africa • Leaders

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  1. CTurner, Durham NC

    A great man. I wish him all the best.

    July 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  2. Al

    I encountered Bishop Tutu in the Flagship Lounge of American Airlines in Los Angeles about two years ago. He was enjoying a glass of red wine. At 8:30 in the morning. Given likely time changes from wherever he was before Los Angeles, he should be excused for drinking before the sun went below the yardarm.

    July 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  3. bruce z

    I was an Anglican until i put tu and tu together !! eheheh !

    July 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  4. Erica

    Hopeful he has seen the light and help the people that was once sold from it ports in the name of goods. Most people dont know how many people are greedy and will do anything for a buck even if you have to betray your own how sad that greed has circled around the world and is bringing destruction in many forms like wolves is sheep clothing.

    July 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  5. Mark from Middle River

    Tutu like mother thereas are what some militant people of faith hate. They are the good guys. The ones that leave such people babbling when they make blanket statements against those of us with faith. The type of Christians that are high profile, do good works and have the same documented.

    Reality. It's just again another time in which folks like yourself can not help but take swipes at a person. Sadly it just goes to prove folks like you wrong over and over again. Another soul on this planet whose works of good have the foundation of faith.

    July 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  6. Dale56

    Tutu was a pillar of courage and resolve through some of the darkest and most troubling times in the history of his country. I wish him the very best in his retirement and hope he finds the rest and peace that he most suredly deserves.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  7. bill

    Funny how some people cant find anything good in others. Which preacher of any faith stood taller than Tutu in Africa?
    If he was a man that could be brainwashed into his faith, I am glad he was not brainwashed into faiths that preach, tooth for tooth and an eye for an eye.
    I am a white man and have nothing but respect for the man.

    July 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  8. Carefulobserver

    Good, perhaps now he can devote his time to try and recruit a new generation of leaders, black, white, Asians etc., to save South Africa from Jacob Zuma and his gang of corrupt thieves. Where is Mandela when you need him?

    July 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  9. Reality

    Bishop Tutu, a good person and great leader, but unfortunately he was Bred, Born and Brainwashed in the myths and embellishments of Christianity. Maybe now he will have time to reflect and come to the conclusion that Jesus was just a simple preacher man raised to deity status by Paul et al via myths and by plagiarism of the ancient scripts i.e. "All those "last week" details in our gospels, as distinct from the brute facts--, are prophecy turned into history, rather than history remembered." – Crossan

    July 22, 2010 at 10:33 am |
    • dalis

      Then you don't respect him. The mark of a great man isn't necessarily that he thinks and believes just like you.

      July 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
    • Calvin

      yah but you be screaming for Jesus on your death bed, better believe it....

      July 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
    • David

      Reality, why are you reading and commenting on "Belief Blog" when your only objective is to attack and demean the beliefs that others hold? And you write in such dormatic terms, as if you are not only an expert in the field, but the ultimate authority on the validity of the Christian faith. It seems rather mean spirited to attack the faith of a man, when it has been his living out that faith, even in the midst of persecution, that has elevated him to a position of esteme in the eyes of the world. "Brain washed?" "Brute facts?" Give me a break. Christians like Bishop Tutu have been compelled by their faith in Jesus to stand up to and break the back of Apartheid. I might also mention that Christians were in the forefront of the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement in the US. Oh, if only more could be brainwashed. What has your faith compelled you to do lately?

      July 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
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