At the start of a week of commemorations, South Africans embarked Sunday on what the authorities have called a day of prayer and reflection following the death of Nelson Mandela, gathering in places of worship, private homes and even open fields to offer spiritual homage to the moral icon of the battle against apartheid. For the country’s politicians it was a time to urge unity and continuity after Mandela’s death at age 95 last Thursday. But for others, the eulogies were freighted with concern about the future, adding a sharper edge to their prayers for peace in the post-Mandela era.
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