The Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has paid this tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died on the evening of December 5 2013.
“The death of Nelson Mandela marks the end of an era. He represented for all of us a new beginning for all the people of South Africa.
“His powerful faith in a better future for all sustained his country through the birth pangs of creating a new and finer society.
“I join with so many others in remembering the people of South Africa in my thoughts and prayers at this time.!