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S. Africa's Tutu Hospitalized for Treatment of Infection

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FILE - Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

FILE - Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been admitted to a Cape Town hospital for treatment of what's being called a "persistent infection."

Tutu’s family expects he will be released in the next day or two, his daughter, Mpho Tutu, said in a statement released Tuesday.

Tutu has been treated for prostate cancer for many years.

Tutu, 83, won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to white minority rule in South Africa, which ended a decade later. While he announced his retirement from public life in 2011, he continues to travel widely and make public appearances.

The retired archbishop renewed his wedding vows with his wife, Leah, this month after 60 years of marriage. The family held ceremonies in Cape Town and Johannesburg to mark the occasion.

A reporter attended the Johannesburg ceremony in the Holy Cross Anglican Church in the city's Soweto area, where Tutu used to live. Tutu danced stiffly as choristers sang and was frequently on his feet, thanking congregants at the end of the three-hour event. At other times, he sat with his eyes closed.

Some information for this report came from AP.

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