Tutu awarded Templeton Prize

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is the latest recipient of the Templeton Prize.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has officially been awarded the 2013 Templeton Prize for his "life-long work in advancing spiritual principles".

The prize, valued at around R15 million, honours those who have made exceptional contributions to affirming life's spiritual dimension.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been recognised for his opposition to apartheid.

Tutu has thanked his wife and family as well as former president Nelson Mandela.

"I owe a great deal to our former president Nelson Mandela. He appointed me to head up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and I had an outstanding group of people to work with there."

A celebration will be held for Tutu at Cape Town's St George's Cathedral on Thursday afternoon.