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Ten things to know about late Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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South African icon, Desmond Tutu died on Sunday at the age of 90.

Below are ten things to know about the anti-apartheid icon:

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  1. He was born October 7, 1931, in Klerksdorp, west of Johannesburg.
  1. Tutu initially trained as a teacher but he began studying theology after having taught at a high school for three years and was ordained as a priest in 1960.
  2. Tutu coined and popularised the term “Rainbow Nation” to describe South Africa when Mandela became president.
  1. Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for combatting white minority rule in South Africa.
  2. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
  1. After the fall of apartheid, Tutu headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  2. Other international accolades he received include the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
  1. He retired as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996 and was made emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town, an honorary title that is unusual in the Anglican church.
  1. In 1997, Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had undergone repeated treatment.
  2. Tutu is survived by his wife Leah and their marriage was blessed with four children.

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