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Tuesday, 21 April, 1998, 06:23 GMT 07:23 UK
Archbishop Trevor Huddleston dies at 84
Archbishop Huddleston with his friend Nelson Mandela
Archbishop Huddleston with his friend Nelson Mandela
Archbishop Trevor Huddleston has died aged 84 after devoting much of his life to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

The Archbishop, who received a knighthood in the New Year's Honours for his contribution to ending the racist regime in South Africa, was one of the founders of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in 1959 and went on to be elected President of the organisation.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu paid tribute to the friend he had known for more than 50 years, saying he was greatly saddened at his death of a person who had been a great inspiration to him.

Made apartheid a world issue

"He was just an incredible person and the world is a very much better place for there having been a Trevor Huddleston.

"He made sure that apartheid got on to the world agenda and stayed there.

Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Tutu described Archbishop Huddleston as "an inspiration"
"If you could say that anybody single-handedly made apartheid a world issue then that person was Trevor Huddleston."

Archbishop Huddleston died in Mirfield, Yorkshire, at the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, Yorkshire, which he joined in 1939 - taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience two years later.

He was posted to South Africa two years later where he soon became active in the struggle against apartheid and formed close friendships with leaders such as Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.

Tireless advocate for the poor

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, said Archbishop Huddleston was a great campaigner for social justice in South Africa.

"He will be remembered especially for the battles he fought on behalf of the ordinary black South African.

"He was also a pioneer in interfaith dialogue during his time as Archbishop of the Indian Ocean."

He said Archbishop Huddleston was a man of simple lifestyle and a tireless compassionate advocate for the poor and marginalised. This commitment grew out of his deeply rooted Anglo Catholic incarnational theology.

"Desmond Tutu has attested elsewhere to the influence Trevor Huddleston had on him, but what is less well known is his impact on the lives of thousands of men and women who can trace their calling - as politicians, social workers and priests - to this man of God.

"Prophets are rarely comfortable to live with, and Trevor was no exception; but he will be remembered with deep thankfulness for a life lived so powerfully within the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

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