The former president battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
In a nation healing from the scars of apartheid, Mandela became the moral compass.
His defiance of white-minority rule and his incarceration for fighting against segregation focused the world’s attention on South Africa’s apartheid system, making him a symbol of the struggle for racial equality.
In his lifetime, he was a man of complexities. He went from being considered a terrorist, to an imprisoned freedom fighter, to a unifying figure, to an elder statesman respected worldwide.
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Love means never having to say you’re sorry, and working from home means never having to wear your pants.
In fact, working from home means never having to wear anything at all. Australian small business community Flying Solo decided to celebrate that freedom by declaring December 6 Work in the Nude Day.
“We were looking for something where we could connect some of the energy and sentiment of our community into something enjoyable,” Flying Solo’s founder and director Robert Gerrish told the Herald Sun. The group began the tradition last year and decided to give it a go once again in 2013.
The best part of the “holiday” is that it involves a selfie competition. (“Partial nudity is fine. Strictly no dangly bits!”)
But don’t worry — participating in the contest is not required. Because after all, if you’re already working in your birthday suit, you’ve clearly already won.
A priest who left the church after fathering a child with the daughter of one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers will marry the mother of his love child this weekend.
The former Rev. Thomas Williams, of the Legion of Christ, admitted last year to fathering a love child several years before with the daughter of Mary Anne Glendon, the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and one of the most powerful Americans in the church. She is also one of the highest-ranking women in the Vatican.
Rev. Williams took a year off after the revelation and subsequently left the church.
He and Elizabeth Lev are set to be married on Saturday, the Associated Press reports.
The news of the love child further tarnished the already shaky reputation of the Legion of Christ after the 2009 revelation that the religious group’s founder, Rev. Marcial Maciel, was a drug addict and a pedophile…
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Nelson Mandela was always uncomfortable talking about his own death. But not because he was afraid or in doubt. He was uncomfortable because he understood that people wanted him to offer homilies about death and he had none to give. He was an utterly unsentimental man. I once asked him about his mortality while we were out walking one morning in the Transkei, the remote area of South Africa where he was born. He looked around at the green and tranquil landscape and said something about how he would be joining his “ancestors.” “Men come and men go,” he later said. “I have come and I will go when my time comes.” And he seemed satisfied by that. I never once heard him mention God or heaven or any kind of afterlife. Nelson Mandela believed in justice in this lifetime.
It was January 1993, and I was working with him…
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