A cross-continental letter from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to a baby in the United States has gone viral.
Tutu penned a letter from his Cape Town home to baby Juliet M from Massachusetts in the US.
The letter, while nothing out of the ordinary according to Tutu’s staff, has taken the world by storm, with the hash tag: #ArchbishopTutu #SpreadingLove #MakingSouthAfricaProud, trending on Twitter.
The letter was written earlier this month after Juliet’s father wrote to Tutu explaining that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter.
“Hello, little sister.
“You don’t know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey – on another continent many miles away – is just beginning.
“We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it’s not really a secret because we should all know it. So I don’t mind if you tell everyone else.
“Did you know that all people belong to one family, the human family? That although we may look nothing like each other, live in separate homes, practise our own cultures, subscribe to different religions – and some of us have more money than others – we are all sisters and brothers of God’s family?
“You and I, and everyone else, were born with the same purpose. For love, for goodness and for one another.”
He signs it off with:
“God Bless You. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Cape Town, South Africa.”
Tutu’s spokesman Roger Friedman yesterday said as a priest and public figure, the “Arch” gets many requests from around the world for blessings.
“He tries to extend his hand to all that he can. This is one that he thought that he should respond to.”