Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s career as a bishop has been celebrated with a special service at the St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Tutu, WHO has had a remarkable 40 years of service, starting out at St Mary’s, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his continued fight for human rights.

Tutu, who attended the service with his wife, Leah, gave a heartfelt appreciation for those who came to honour him, which included former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.

“Thank you so much our former presidents, I didn’t expect any of this and it’s a deeply touching thing that you should be here present. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Tutu, a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop was born on Oct 7, 1931. He rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.

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).

Tutu’s admirers see him as a great man who, since the demise of apartheid, has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; 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. He has also compiled several books of his speeches and sayings.

Source: Nam News Network