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Tutu Formally Becomes Archbishop

September 4, 1986

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ Desmond Tutu formally became the archbishop of Cape Town, head of the Anglican church in southern Africa, in a brief, private ceremony at St. George’s Cathedral.

After the ceremony Wednesday, Tutu chatted with reporters, then met with organizers of his public enthronement, to be held Sunday.

Tutu, who had been bishop of Johannesburg, said when he signed a document during the procedure called ″collation,″ he had nearly written, ‘Desmond, Johannesburg,’ from habit.

″Then it was pointed out to me that I was now required to sign myself, ’Desmond, Cape Town.‴

His enthronement will make the cleric, who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, the first black to head the Anglican church in southern Africa.

Black activist Winnie Mandela and other prominent foes of apartheid have accepted invitations to the ceremony, according to a list Anglican officials released Wednesday.

South African clergymen of many denominations are on the list along with other opposition politicians, civil rights lawyers, journalists and academics.

Cape Town’s mayor will be among the guests, but no representatives of President P.W. Botha’s government were invited.

Most of the well-known Americans invited were unable to come, including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, singers Stevie Wonder and Lionel Ritchie, actor Bill Cosby and former tennis star Arthur Ashe.

Coretta Scott King, widow of American civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is expected to attend.

About 1,450 people are expected to pack the cathedral, which normally seats 850.

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