We watched him forgive, for all of us.
Today, Bishop Tutu is 89 years old and is still changing the moral climate of the world.
In 1996, this spiritual titan - who is a survivor of Apartheid - proceeded over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. Together, we listened to gruesome stories of torture and unthinkable confessions of death squads. The entire concept was radical - truth for freedom. Let go of retribution to restore justice. Bring mass healing for all.It was a master class.
Bishop Tutu received a Nobel Peace Prize. Yes. But more than his achievements, I am struck by his laugher. It's brilliant. And after a lifetime of resistance to the repression and violence of Apartheid, his laughter proves that there is a God. Some of the most beautiful moments in the last decade are between Bishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama. The two men charged with smiling eyes, praying hands, and foot-stomping laughter, show us the bounty of spiritual enlightenment.
We are humbled to honor this living legend. His daughter, Rev. Naomi Tutu will join us today live.
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Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica - Gospel Train:
Forgiveness: "What do you do to forgive someone?" - Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
Bo Noo Ni - Joe Mettle: