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Mandela forged 'new South Africa': Pope Francis

Published on Dec 6, 2013 7:25 PM
 
Pope Francis leaves after his general audience at St Peter's square at the Vatican, on Dec 4, 2013. Pope Francis on Friday, Dec 6, 2013, paid tribute to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela for "forging a new South Africa" and said he hoped his example would inspire the nation to strive for "justice and the common good". -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Friday paid tribute to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela for "forging a new South Africa" and said he hoped his example would inspire the nation to strive for "justice and the common good".

Pope Francis praised the "steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation's citizens and in forging a new South Africa", in a message to President Jacob Zuma.