South Africa's Tutu prays for Mandela

  • Associated Press
  • December 23, 2012 - 5:31 AM

JOHANNESBURG - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he is praying for a prompt recovery for former leader Nelson Mandela, who has been hospitalized for more than two weeks.

Radio 702, a South African station, on Sunday broadcast an interview with Tutu in which he says he exchanged telephone text messages about Mandela with the anti-apartheid icon's wife, Graca Machel.

Mandela who is 94, has been hospitalized since Dec. 8. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also had gallstone surgery. Officials say his condition has improved.

Tutu and Mandela are Nobel laureates because of their role in the struggle against white minority rule. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years and served one five-year term as president after he was elected in South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994.

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