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07 April 2017

The Most Revd Dr Desmond Tutu writes:

FURTHER to your obituary of the Rt Revd Keith Sutton (Gazette, 31 March), Bishop Keith was a re­­markably comforting man. Learned and sensible, he had a sponge-like ability to absorb the anxieties of others.

In the 1980s, after the apartheid government declared a State of Emergency, the Archbishop of Can­terbury sent Bishop Keith to sup­port our anti-apartheid mission. People were being routinely tear-gassed, beaten, shot, detained, tor­tured, and maimed. There were funerals every week that attracted more security-force violence. Some­how, when one walked with Bishop Keith, one felt bulletproof.

Leah and I send our deepest condolences to his family and all who loved him. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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