The Time Has Come to Forgive and Forget
On Sunday Fr. Lapsley's told a story about his remarkable journey of healing and forgiveness.
During his years in exile, Lapsley traveled the world mobilizing faith communities to oppose South Africa's apartheid system and to support the struggle for freedom there. After a police raid killed 42 people in Lesotho in 1982, he moved to Zimbabwe, where in 1990 he was gravely wounded by a letter bomb meant to assassinate him. In the explosion Lapsley lost both of his hands and one eye and he was seriously burned. Following his recovery, he worked for the Trauma Center for Victims of Violence and Torture in Cape Town and assisted Archbishop Desmond Tutu with South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Fr. Michael Lapsley, an Anglican Priest ordained in Australia, moved to South Africa in 1973 where he soon became a prominent figure in the struggle against apartheid. In 1976, after being expelled from the country he became a chaplain to the African National Congress in exile. Click here to see the video