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This Happened — September 7: Desmond Tutu Named Archbishop

On this day in 1986, Desmond Tutu was named Archbishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa.

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What was Desmond Tutu's role in the Anglican Church?

Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and social rights activist. He became known for his vocal opposition to apartheid, a system of racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa. Tutu played a key role in leading the Anglican Church in southern Africa as an influential figure, advocating for justice, equality, and reconciliation. Tutu's nonviolent approach and message of reconciliation earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

How did Desmond Tutu contribute to the end of Apartheid in South Africa?

Tutu's leadership within the Anglican Church and his commitment to justice played a crucial role in the movement against apartheid. He used his platform to unite various groups, both inside and outside of South Africa, in opposition to the apartheid regime. Tutu's advocacy and international pressure helped to isolate the apartheid government and contributed to its eventual downfall.

Did Desmond Tutu face any challenges or controversies during his leadership in the Anglican Church?

Some members of the church hierarchy disagreed with Tutu’s political involvement and outspokenness. Additionally, his progressive views on issues such as LGBTQ+ rights caused friction within the church. Despite these challenges, Tutu remained steadfast in his convictions and continued to use his position to advocate for a more inclusive and just society.

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When A Library Is Born On A Tiny Italian Island

Inside an old watchtower dangling over the crashing waves of the port of Capraia, dwell 6,000 books and their keeper: 33-year-old Viola, a librarian who took the time during the COVID-19 pandemic to ask herself, "What makes you truly happy?"

A photograph of a book about the importance of reading, held up against the tower of Capraia's library

In front of the library of Capraia, a woman hold up a book about the importance of reading

Biblioteca Isola Di Capraia/Facebook
Federico Taddia

CAPRAIA — "The waves crashing loudly against the cliffs, the bad weather that prevents the ferry from arriving for days, the strong northeast wind making its presence felt... And then a handful of men and women, each with a kettle and their own cup of tea brought from home, protected inside the tower, reading a novel together: this, for me, is the library; this, for me, is building a community - building an identity - starting from books."

It almost seems as if, off in the distance, one can glimpse the Corsairs sailing on their galleys. Meanwhile, with the passionate gaze of someone who loves their land and the enthusiasm of someone who adores their job — actually, of someone who has realized their dream — Viola Viteritti, the librarian of Capraia, explains how the tower, built by the Genoese in 1540 to defend against pirates, is now home of what the Center for the Book and Reading has dubbed the most extraordinary library in Italy.

"I've spent four months a year on this island since I was born," she explains. "It's my home; it's the place where I feel good, where I am myself. As a child, I devoured books, but on the island, there was no place for books. When I chose to move here permanently, the library project started simultaneously. There couldn't have been a better cosmic alignment."

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