Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak at Villanova University

By Christine Ernest
October 7, 2004

Courtsey The Wolfington Center

Cabrini College will be co-sponsoring the presentation of Bishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, in the Pavilion at Villanova University on Wednesday, Oct. 6th. Tickets are $5 for students and $15 for faculty and staff.

According to, Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. He graduated from the University of South Africa and then taught high school for about three years. He then went on to take up theological studies and was ordained a priest in 1960.

Desmond Tutu was known for his object as “a democratic and just society without racial divisions.”

According to the Peace Mission Website,, Desmond Tutu received the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for the “the courage and heroism shown by black South Africans in their use of peaceful methods in the struggle against apartheid.”

The Nobel Committee also went on to say that the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tutu should be regarded “not only as a gesture of support to him and to the South African Council of Churches of which he is a leader, but also to all individuals and groups in South Africa who, with their concern for human dignity, fraternity and democracy, incite the admiration of the world.”

Other achievements he has made thus far include being electing as President of the all Africa Conference of Churches in 1987. Furthermore, Tutu was chosen to be the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, according to the Peace Mission website.

Sophomore Amanda Popovitch plans to attend the presentation next Wednesday night. Amanda said, “I anticipate to see what such a powerful leader of peace has to say about today’s current world issues.”

Posted to the web by Ryan Norris

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