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Mandela Burial Set for December 15 in Hometown

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South Africa says Nelson Mandela will be buried Sunday, December 15, in his hometown of Qunu.

President Jacob Zuma gave details on the official services and memorials for Mr. Mandela on Friday as South Africans mourned the loss of their former president.

Mr. Zuma declared this Sunday to be a day of prayer and reflection in South Africa, and urged the country's people to gather in "churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and their homes" to pray and reflect on Mr. Mandela's life.

He said an official memorial service will be held Tuesday at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, site of the final for the 2010 World Cup.

Mr. Mandela's body will then lie in state for three days at South Africa's seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Mr. Mandela died late Thursday at the age of 95 following a long period of illness.

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