Statement from the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion on the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

26 December 2021

Following the news that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has died, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has released a statement, noting the contributions made to the Communion by the Archbishop. 

He has said: “The death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a huge loss to the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and to the whole of the Anglican Communion.

“The Archbishop was a prophetic voice in the church and in the world.  When he spoke, people listened. He was a lively and engaging contributor to the Anglican Communion and its constituent bodies, and used his gifts to greatly enrich the Communion. His commitment to justice and peace, and particularly to racial justice and reconciliation, was and continues to be an example to us all. 

“He was a great Disciple of Christ: as a priest and bishop he was a committed pastor and preacher. He will continue to inspire generations to come. We commend him into the arms of his Creator, and Saviour, and join with the whole Communion in praying for his family at this time."