06/10/2013 12:07 pm ET

Prayers For Nelson Mandela Spread Across South Africa (VIDEO) (PHOTOS)

News reports that Nelson Mandela has been readmitted to the hospital over the weekend have sparked prayers across South Africa and throughout the world. The Associated Press reported Monday that Mandela's condition is "serious but stable."

Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu said he was praying for the“comfort and dignity” of Mandela, his friend and fellow Nobel Prize winner. As The Times of London reported, "Mr Tutu’s prayers, which made no mention of a recovery, echoed the feelings of an anxious nation that knows the end is near."

Prayers For Nelson Mandela