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Death of South Africa's Archbishop Denis Hurley

South African human rights champion Archbishop Denis Hurley died on Friday at the age of 88, ending a life marked by an outstanding contribution to the struggle against apartheid, for his concern for the poor

Archbishop Hurley, emeritus Archbishop of Durban, was the Catholic hierarchy's most outspoken opponent of the apartheid.

"He was the first bishop, back in 1951, who openly expressed himself against apartheid and spoke in support of the rights of the blacks", said of him Bishop Jabulani Nxumalo, the auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Durban.

Man of integrity and gifted with intellectual ability, Archbishop Hurley led for many years the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Southern Africa and helped the Catholics to be sensitive to the plight of the poor and to stand for justice.

He will also be remembered for his efforts in bringing together people of various creeds and political beliefs to achieve a more loving and peaceful society.

Archbishop Hurley became bishop of the diocese of Durban in 1947 and retired from office in 1992. He died in Durban on Friday as he was returning to his home after attending a religious celebration.

Archbishop Denis Hurley Dies ( Information Service for Africa 13/2/04)

Southern African Bishops Conference
English & Welsh bishops pay tribute to anti-apartheid hero Archbishop Hurley (Catholic Church in England and Wales 16/2/04)
Former archbishop Hurley dies aged 89 (RTE 16/2/04)
Big funeral expected for Archbishop (The Mercury/IOL 16/2/04)
Bishop Hurley dies at 88 (SAPA/Daily Dispatch 14/2/04)
Diakonia council salutes Hurley (SABC News 13/2/04)
Archbishop Denis E. Hurley: Eyewitness to Vatican II (The Southern Cross E-Book)

17 Feb 2004