Today in history: Desmond Tutu is ordained as Archbishop of Cape Town

Today in history: Desmond Tutu is ordained as Archbishop of Cape Town

- 34 years ago today, Desmond Tutu became the Archbishop of Cape Town

- The former Secretary-General of SA churches is also the recipient of a Nobel Prize

- He is also the first black head of the Anglican church

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Many years ago today, Mpilo Desmond Tutu was ordained to become the Archbishop of Cape Town. Before this, Bishop Tutu - as we have now lovingly come to know him - served as the secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches.

Bishop Tutu started as a teacher but left the profession when the Bantu Education Act of 1953 was implemented. According to Tutu, the act was degrading. In 1960 he was ordained as a deacon and by 1961 a priest, he soon went on to become the first black man to be at the head of the Anglican church.

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Tutu was born of mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage to a poor family in Klerksdorp, South Africa. Entering adulthood, he married Nomalizo Leah Tutu, with whom he had several children.

Today in history: Desmond Tutu is ordained as Archbishop of Cape Town

Bishop Tutu. Source: IG/Desmond Tutu
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In the year 1962, Tutu moved to London where he completed his Honours and Masters Degree in the Arts in 1966. In 1972, he became the Theological Education Fund's director for Africa, a position based in London but necessitating regular tours of the African continent.

The human rights activist, who is known for his contribution to the fight against apartheid, is also a recipient of the Nobel Prize, which he received on 16 October, 1984 for his untiring efforts in calling for an end to minority rule in South Africa, the unbanning of liberation organisations and the release of political prisoners.

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Briefly.co.za also reported, that a beautiful young nurse, @Hlubelihle_ (aka Thando), took to Twitter to share some heartwarming news. According to her post, which was accompanied by an adorable picture, she had just successfully helped bring new life onto earth by birthing a baby.

Captioned "My first successful delivery", the picture as well as the great news was met with tons of reactions from Twitter users who all took the opportunity to congratulate the gorgeous young nurse on the success of her delivery.

While other tweeps wondered aloud whether her previous deliveries had been unsuccessful, she quickly set the record straight and said that this was actually the very first time she delivered a baby.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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