South Africa's Tutu to retire from public life

July 22, 2010 14:36

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu announced Thursday he's retiring from public life later this year when he turns 79.

Tutu said "the time has come to slow down" and spend more time with his family. The former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town plans to retire from public life on his birthday, October 7.Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, then used his new international stature to step up the campaign against apartheid.

He was ever-present during the turbulent final years of apartheid and the ensuing transition to majority rule, praying and sermonizing after massacres and then heading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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