On hearing of the death of Nelson Mandela, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, said:
???Nelson Mandela?s influence was hugely significant over recent decades. His stand against apartheid, at great personal cost, and his fight for equality mark him out as a towering figure in the history of the world. I, along with many others, regret his death and give thanks for his courage and his example.?