Johannesburg: A South African priest says his congregation is praying for Nelson Mandela's health after he spent two nights in a hospital earlier this week for a respiratory infection.
Rev Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, said on Sunday that he asked congregants to pray for Mandela's health. More than 500 people gathered in the historic Regina Mundi church, a former canter of anti-apartheid protests and funerals.
Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home.
Mandela became the country's first black president after serving 27 years in prison for his fight against racist rule.
First Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 15:55