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        12/8/2013, Tevet 5, 5774

      Songs and Prayers in Memory of Nelson Mandela


      Sky News Australia reports South Africans have crowded into churches, mosques, temples and synagogues to remember Nelson Mandela, encouraged by their president to celebrate a life that transcended race and religion.

      The nationwide day of prayer on Sunday, adds Sky News Australia marked the formal start of a week-long state funeral for the man who forged a new multi-racial South Africa from the discredited remnants of the apartheid era he helped to dismantle.

      In the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in the once blacks-only township of Soweto, parish priest Sebastian Rossouw called Mandela 'a light in the darkness' and praised his capacity for 'humility and forgiveness', describes Sky News Australia.