Nelson Mandela Spends Easter in Hospital

South African President Jacob Zuma said Madiba had a “restful” day Sunday.

Posted: 04/01/2013 09:41 AM EDT
Nelson Mandela Spends Easter in Hospital

Former South African president Nelson Mandela spent Easter in the hospital while continuing to receive treatment for pneumonia, government officials announced.

A statement released by the office of South African President Jacob Zuma said the 94-year-old Nobel laureate was improving and that he had a “restful” day Sunday.

“President Zuma thanks the thousands of South Africans who prayed for Madiba at various Easter church services during the weekend,” the statement read, referring to Mandela by his clan name, Madiba. “We also thank all people at home and around the world, who continue to keep Madiba and his family in their thoughts and to show their love and support in various ways.”

Mandela was admitted to the hospital late Wednesday night with a recurring lung infection. A revered figure in South Africa, Mandela was in the prayers of many South Africans during church services across the country Sunday.

"We hear that the government tells us that he's OK, that he's still undergoing treatment for his lung condition, and as I say, we pray that God's healing hand may be upon him," Father Sebastian Russouw said during Easter service at a Catholic Church in Soweto, according to Reuters.

This is Mandela’s third hospital visit since December when he was admitted for three weeks while being treated for a lung infection and gallstone removal.

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