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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter celebrations

Father Sebastian Rossouw O.M.I. sprinkes holy water on congregants during Easter services at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in the Soweto area March 31, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A central gathering place during he anti-apartheid struggle, the church held prayers for former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, who is in the hospital for the third time since December with lung problems. Referring to Mandela by his clan name, Madiba, President Jacob Zuma said, 'We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts'. Mandela's lungs were damaged when he contracted tuberculosis during his 27 years in the infamous Robben Island prison. He later became the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 following the end of apartheid.