for the most massive memorial service in memory. pope francis, four american presidents, the dalai lama and dozens of world leaders will be there tuesday to pay tribute to a giant of our time. we'll reflect on nelson mandela this morning. first, let's go to chief foreign correspondent terry moran. just outside mandela's former home in soweto. good morning, terry. i see the rain has started all around you. >> reporter: that's right, george. right now, the rain is just opened up on this scene here. but it hasn't dampened the spirits here in soweto, just up the street, as you say, from nelson mandela's home. you might call it the humble mt. vernon of south africa. a remarkable, national celebration right across south africa. the passing of great man. being marked in song, and pride, and smiles, not tears or sorrow. today, national day of prayer and reconciliation. we were at the church in soweto, a center of resistance and sanctuary during apartheid. there and if houses of worship across south africa, prayers lifted up for nelson mandela in english, in afrikaan. in zulu in all the man
brought the world together. jim avila, abc news, new york. >> great one that came in from the dalai lama. another man of incredible moral authority, and he says, "he was a man of courage, principle, and unquestionable integrity. a great human being. someone who we can truly say lived amainingful life. >> we heard from so many people but from president obama also. he said not only obviously that we have to remember him but he said he's gone home and we lost one of the most influential, courageous human beings that any of us will share time on this earth with. that's pretty powerful. >> the president's words were great. he said he no longer belongs to us now. he longs to the ages. >> very true. by the way, so now what happens is there is this ten-day memorial process. "the guardian" is reporting this is going to be an epic time. >> rival john paul ii's -- >> in 2005, his funeral. >> it will come to a stand still. the country can't function. there will be organized and impromptu memorials. which are happening. there you see that. that is johannesburg, south africa. that is happening live right now.
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