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The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, has paid tribute to Mr Mandela this afternoon.
He said: “The passing of Nelson Mandela is sad but we can all give thanks for an extraordinarily inspirational life.
"On his release from prison he chose not to seek revenge against those who had imprisoned him for 27 years and oppressed so many of his compatriots so terribly but, rather, forgive them and work with them.
"As a result, South Africa did not descend into the bloodbath so many had predicted.
"He’s been an enormous encouragement to me personally. I preach forgiveness but sometimes people say to me that this forgiveness business is ‘all very well in cosy Christian circles but that it won’t work out there in the big bad world’.
"Nelson Mandela has shown us that it can. I give heartfelt thanks for him."
KING'S Hawford School, near Worcester, is flying a South African flag at half mast in memory of Mr Mandela.
RT @David_Cameron: What I wrote in the Nelson Mandela condolence book, quoting, "Blessed are the peacemakers..." http://t.co/1nN99MQlFP— @1greatgirl2013 06 December 2013
HARRIETT Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, has offered her condolences.
She said: "I know people all over the county will join me in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who was an indefatigable campaigner, a great leader and a hero to a generation.
"His struggle to bring equal rights to his country inspired people all over the world and as we mourn his passing.
"We should remember and celebrate the efforts of one of the true heroes of the twentieth century."
THERE will be special prayers in thanks giving for the life of Nelson Mandela at Worcester Cathedral's Evensong at 4pm on Sunday.
The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester, said: “Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of our time and the whole world is indebted to him”.
The cathedral flag is being flown at half mast.
RT @bokrugby: Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. We will never forget the role you played in our country, in our sport, and for that we are eter…— @rugbymedia 06 December 2013
RT @TheBig_Easy: He was our President and the man who changed all our lives. He was an unbelievable guy, the father of our country. http://…— @SABC1Madiba 06 December 2013
A selection of tributes left on our Facebook page are listed below.
Chris Gilbert: "Inspirational. Thoughtfulness in the face of adversity."
Kathleen Potts: "A brave, wonderful man."
Laura Moore: "Inspiring... A wonderful man."
Brenton Banner: "A Great man [who] laid the foundations for a new South Africa."
Sharon Proctor: "A very brave man who changed so much. RIP."
Gabriella Monopoli: "[The] world is a sadder place without him."
Carole Share: "Sad loss for all of us love to his family xxxx"
Beverley Lee: "RIP. A very brave man."
Philip Kelly: "Sad day. Great man. RIP."
Peter Rayner: "A man everyone should educate their children about. He was a very important part of modern history."
Rosanna Jane Goodwin: "One of the most inspirational visionaries ever."
Russell Moss: "A true ambassador for the human race, racism no longer should exist because of this man. RIP sir."
On our Facebook page, Lee Winters paid tribute:
"Sad to hear the legend Mr Mandela has passed away, the world has truly lost an inspirational peace maker, a man with peace in his soul...
"South Africa needed him, he was there for his people. Live now in his memory and make this legend live on for an eternity.
"RIP Madiba , a true friend to the world."
@worcesternews Nelson Mandela was one of the worlds greatest human right campaigners and his legacy will live on for many years to come— @CraigBatemanWYC 05 December 2013
The Queen has paid tribute to Mr Mandela, saying she was "deeply saddened" by the news.
She said he "worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today".
RT @BarackObama: President Obama remembers Nelson Mandela: "A man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towa…— @kgomoBabe 06 December 2013
Nelson Mandela & fight against apartheid amongst my earliest & most vivid political memories. The greatest leader of our time— Joy Squires (@JoySquires) December 5, 2013
Just as those of us old enough remember where we were when JFK died we will remember where we were tonight with the sad death of Mandela!— Fran Oborski (@cllrfranoborski) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela a truly great man who will be remembered forever!— Blobbie Williams (@blobbiewilliams) December 5, 2013
May Nelson #Mandela Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.— Church of England (@c_of_e) December 5, 2013
The world has lost the global hero of our age. Nelson Mandela showed us the true meaning of courage, hope, and reconciliation.— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) December 5, 2013
Cameron leads tributes
David Cameron led tributes to South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela tonight, saying "a great light has gone out in the world".
The flag at No 10 will be flown at half-mast in honour of the former leader, who was a "hero of our time", the Prime Minister said.
"It always seems impossible until its done" - #Mandela— Rich Johnson (@richjohnson) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, a man of the people and for the people - Something inside so strong. Now at peace.— Keith Lewis (@Keithl3152) December 5, 2013
"Mandela was a terrorist". Yes, he was. To begin with. What made him great was that he chose another way.— Mark Goodge (@MarkGoodge) December 5, 2013
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela, Madiba. An old film of Muslims, Christians and Jews united against Apartheid http://t.co/qHLo7PwIUr— MCB (@MuslimCouncil) December 5, 2013
Can't say he's impacted or inspired me the way he has millions of others, but a legend nonetheless. #RIPMandela— Dec Hubbard (@DecOnTheWreck) December 5, 2013
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela— Liam Cash (@DjLiamCash) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. The former President of South Africa died today at age 95 pic.twitter.com/Ym2JnWG2UD— ClassicPics (@History_Pics) December 5, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson #Mandela. A leader that has inspired millions to act for justice.— Malvern Cops (@MalvernCops) December 5, 2013
A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 5, 2013
Sad news from South Africa tonight a great man has passed— Robin Walker (@RobinWalkerMP) December 5, 2013
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