- In 1998, Nelson Mandela travelled to the Vatican to visit the then-Pope, John Paul II
- They met to discuss solutions for the challenges that were facing the African continent
- The historic moment has been remembered on Facebook and South Africans shared what they feel about the meeting and the outcomes
On this day in 1998, four years after the historic inauguration of Nelson Mandela as South Africa's first democratically elected president, he travelled to the Vatican to meet the Pope at the time, John Paul II.
It was not the first time that John Paul II had met Mandela. They met when Mandela was released from prison and they met again, this time when Mandela was president.
They had arranged the historic meeting to discuss solutions for the challenges which the African continent faced.
"Well, Your Holiness!" Mandela said in a booming voice as he strode down a hallway to meet Pope John Paul II outside the papal library. "What an honour it is for me to meet Your Holiness again."
Here is what South Africans had to say as they remembered the historic meeting:
Meghna Bandyopadhyay: "Mandela , true meaning of fraternity personified. I admire the man most for his impeccable dedication towards reaching peace without an almost-unavoidable civil war."
Niño Gaton: "We love Nelson Mandela and Saint John Paul II."
Graham Tainton: "He had humanity. UBUNTU ❤️"
Nelson Obasola: "I love you so much my role model Nelson Mandela."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on male and female South African leaders who fought for democracy and their exact contributions.
There is a long list of charismatic leaders who ensured that Mzansi was free from oppression. The rise of democratic leaders in South Africa was necessary to ensure that the oppressors were defeated.
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