Mandela honored, mourned in Chicago church service

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People gathered to mourn and remember Nelson Mandela today, the first Sunday since his death.

At St. Sabina Church, Father Thulani Magwaza used his sermon to bring home a message from his homeland South Africa; the message to fight and forgive.  It was something he learned from Mandela.

Outside the Mandela family home in South Africa today, a celebration of the former president’s life took shape.   As a younger man, Mandela fought against apartheid and was imprisoned for it.

“Mandela is a fighter. Mandela is a warrior. Mandela is someone who fought for racial and social equality,” Magwaza said.  What I’m saying is that he should not lose sight of why he went to prison.”

The message not lost on the catholic priest, raised under apartheid, who now calls Chicago’s St. Sabina church home.

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