Deaths Elsewhere

February 22, 2004

Archbishop Denis Hurley,

88, who retired as leader of the diocese of Durban, South Africa, and was an implacable foe of the country's apartheid policies, died Feb. 13 in Durban, apparently of a stroke.

He was a leader among white church officials opposed to the racial policies of the white South African government. As head of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, he condemned apartheid as evil, and his seat at the Durban cathedral became a rallying point for black African protests.

He faced down resistance among conservative white congregants. His home was hit by gasoline bombs in 1976. His firm stand earned him wide respect, particularly among the Zulus.

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