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South African archbishop prays for a 'peaceful end' for Mandela

Nelson Mandela is being treated in a hospital in Pretoria for a recurring lung infection.

A woman in Pretoria prays for former South African President, Nelson Mandela.
A woman in Pretoria prays for former South African President, Nelson Mandela.
Image: (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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.

Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, posted the prayer on Facebook on Tuesday night after visiting the 94-year-old Mandela, who is critically ill.

In the prayer, Makgoba asks for courage to be granted to Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, and others who love him “at this hard time of watching and waiting.”

The archbishop says: “Grant him, we pray, a quiet night and a peaceful, perfect, end.”

He also appeals for divine guidance for the doctors treating Mandela, who was taken to a hospital in Pretoria on June 8 with what the government described as a lung infection.

Critical condition

It is believed that Nelson Mandela’s health has now deteriorated and he is in critical condition.

Current leader Jacob Zuma told reporters this morning that the team of doctors were doing all they could to treat the 94-year-old and keep him comfortable.

“I am not in a position to give further details,” he said.

- AFP, 2013

Read: South Africa prays for Madiba: former president still ‘critical’ in Pretoria hospital>
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