Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, affectionately known to many South Africans as “Arch,” kissed his bride of 60 years, Leah.

The lovebirds, as one clergyman described them, renewed their 1955 wedding vows this weekend in a buoyant ceremony in which 83-year-old Tutu, slower of step and speech than during his years as an impassioned opponent of apartheid, sashayed stiffly near the altar. Arms outstretched, he bent low as choristers belted out song in the Holy Cross Anglican Church in the Soweto area of Johannesburg.

The three-hour celebration on Saturday was a kind of homecoming for Tutu, who used to live near the church in a district that became a crucible for resistance to the white minority rule that ended in 1994. It was also a contemplation of love, marriage and family that ended with the Tutus’ four children and other relatives surrounding the elderly couple.

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