Parliament passes motion of congratulations for Archbishop Tutu – 24 April 2013

The Acting Deputy Chief Whip of the Majority Party moved without notice: That the House –

  1. notes that on Thursday, 4 April 2013, the US-based Templeton Foundation awarded the $1.7-million Templeton Prize to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for his lifelong work to promote love and forgiveness;
  2. further notes that the 81-year-old Nobel peace laureate, who rose to fame in the 1980s as a vocal opponent of South Africa’s apartheid regime, will be presented with the award at a ceremony in London on 21 May;
  3. recalls that the Templeton Prize, one of the world’s largest annual awards, is given each year to a living person who has made “an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”;
  4. further recalls that the first winner of the Templeton prize in 1973 was Mother Teresa and last year’s winner was the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, who gave the money to charity; and
  5. congratulates the anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Tutu with this great achievement.