Father Michael Lapsley Helps South Africa with Apartheid Wounds

May 06, 1998

In April 1990, Father Michael Lapsley was the target of a letter bomb from South Africa. The explosion took out the ceiling of three rooms of his house and made a huge hole in the floor. Lapsley survived, but lost an eye and both hands.

Michael Lapsley struggled with his commitment to pacifism and his church in the face of what he came to recognize as one of the greatest crimes against humanity — the apartheid system. Although a victim of apartheid’s terror, he is now leading healing of memory workshops around the world.


  • Father Michael Lapsley, has worked at the Trauma Center for Victims of Violence and Torture in Cape Town which is assisting the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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