Tutu prays for others from hospital bed

2015-08-27 14:46
(Benny Gool, The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation)

(Benny Gool, The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation)

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Cape Town – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's hospital stay has not stopped him from praying for people and causes, his daughter Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu said on Thursday.

“As much as people around the world are praying for my father, my father continues to pray for those concerns around the world which are close to his heart,” she told journalists in Cape Town.

The 83-year-old was presently praying for refugees and those in war-torn areas and areas of strife.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was also on his prayer list, she revealed.

Motsoaledi was discharged from the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday following his admission for pneumonia.

Tutu’s daughter said various leaders had been keeping in touch with him, including former US president Jimmy Carter, English businessman Sir Richard Branson and local government leaders.

“There’s been a personal message from President [Jacob] Zuma but there hasn’t been a visit from him.”


The Arch, as he is fondly known, is being treated for inflammation, and his current stay is unrelated to the infection which saw him hospitalised last month.

Tutu was discharged from hospital on August 4 after being treated for an infection as a result of treatment for prostate cancer.

He has been fighting the disease for the past 18 years.

He had been discharged a week before after an initial hospital stint for a "below the belt" infection.

His daughter said on Thursday that doctors were “incredibly pleased” with his progress in hospital and the efficacy of his treatment.

He was halfway through a two-week course of intravenous medication and they hoped to see him return home by the end of next week.

He was not bed-ridden in the classic sense and was able to get up and walk along the corridor.

She also revealed he had kept a detailed plan for his own funeral for 20 years and updated it periodically.

The updates were because he had outlived some of his preferred preachers or because there were new music pieces or prayers to consider.

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