Kate Middleton was reportedly in tears.
David Cameron waxed lyrical about "fighting for freedom"and the "struggle for justice" and "these things will inspire generations to come", and ended with "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God".
Boris Johnson added that "If there was a secular system of canonisation in today's world, Nelson Mandela would be at the top of the list".
And that was just the Right-Wing of an Enlightened Establishment, never mind the outpouring of tribute from its Left-Side.
So who, exactly, are the Secular Saints of the Brave New World?
The official Statement of the South African Communist Party upon the death of Nelson 'Madiba' Mandela gives us some insight.
"At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party's Central Committee... After his release from prison, in 1990, Comrade Madiba became a great and close friend of the Communists to his last days".
Amidst the outpouring of mass hysteria sweeping a decrepit western world over its latest secular 'saint', the BBC felt it safe to admit that "In July 1962, Col. Fekadu Wakene taught South African political activist [read Communist] Nelson Mandela the tricks [read Murder and Mayhem] of guerrilla warfare [read Terrorism] - including how to plant explosives before quietly slipping away into the night. Mr. Mandela was in Ethiopia, learning how to be the Commander-in-Chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe - the armed wing of the African National Congress.
The African National Congress was funded by the Soviets and operated under the organisational influence of two men with distinctly non-African-sounding names: Albie Sachs and Yossel Mashel (otherwise known as Joe) Slovo.
Slovo succeeded Mandela as Commander-in-Chief of its terrorist wing and became Secretary General of the South African Communist Party in 1986. The savage gang-rapes and literal butchering of thousands of farming families, including the children, hadn't proved enough to subdue the Africans, whether white or black, and so 1986 became the very same year that Winnie Mandela's infamous necklaces - tyres soaked in petrol and placed over the arms and torso before being set alight - began to be presented in their thousands to the population of the townships who were reluctant to do the ANC's bidding. When the ANC eventually took over South Africa, Slovo was given his place in the new government by Mandela and Sachs was placed as a judge in the highest Court dealing with constitutional matters for the new regime.
Decades before, when The Secret Powers Behind Revolution were manoeuvring their point-men, like Slovo and Sachs, in Africa, and training young recruits like Mandela, the Pope's Apostolic Delegate for French-speaking Africa virtually stood as a lone voice in the wilderness warning all who would listen, in his Pastoral Letters, about the danger of a growing Communist Revolution throughout Africa and the solutions that would prevent it.
Few listened then, and few listen now.