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Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley and Bhekene Dube

Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley and Bhekene Dube

Denis Eugene Hurley was undoubtedly the most significant Catholic leader in South Africa during the twentieth century. Appointed bishop one year before the National Party came to power in 1948, he retired as archbishop in 1992, two years before the Nationalists ceased to be the ruling party, when the country's first democratically elected government came to power. Hurley had a profound effect upon the Church's struggle against apartheid and played a major role in the process of renewing the Catholic Church through the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1965).

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