Mandela mourned, remembered across the globe
Schoolchildren hold candles near a giant portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Chennai, India, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95, was considered a master of forgiveness. He became South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid.
French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech next to a portrait of Nelson Mandela at the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa at the Elysee Palace, Friday, Dec.6, 2013 in Paris. France is hosting dozens of African leaders for a summit on security, just as the French military is launching an intervention in the Central African Republic and encouraging African governments to take more responsibility for peacemaking on the continent. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader.
Pope Francis kneels in prayer as Cardinal Sean O'Malley, left, delivers the First Advent Sermon in the Redemptoris Mater chapel inside the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Pope Francis has sent "prayerful" condolences to South Africa's people as he praised Nelson Mandela's work for reconciliation and truth. The Vatican said Friday Francis sent a condolence telegram to President Jacob Zuma asking God to "console and strengthen" all those mourning the loss. Mandela died Thursday in Johannesburg at the age of 95.
Delegates stand for a minute of silence for late South African President Nelson Mandela during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
The flags of South Africa and United States fly at half staff on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 95.
Members of the African National Congress (ANC) Womens League hold candles and sings songs in memory of Nelson Mandela, at night outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in South Africa's vast rural grasslands commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers on Friday while pledging to adhere to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied.
Floral tributes to former president Nelson Mandela, pile up beneath a statue of Mandela on Mandela Square at Sandton City, in Johannesburg Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela died Thursday at his Johannesburg home after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/)
Pakistani children hold candles while sitting around a portrait of late South African President Nelson Mandela, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95, was considered a master of forgiveness. He became South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid.
Nelson Mandela's message of perseverance, respect and forgiveness was heard beyond the boarders of South Africa. He also inspired people in countries far and wide in their fights against authoritarian rule. The measure of his influence was in the varied and immediate outpouring Friday from people around the globe in response to his death. In South Africa, people held his image in the streets, but they did so in the Palestinian territories as well. South Africans lowered their flags to half-staff, but so, too, did Europeans and Americans.