10/07/2011 01:12 pm ET Updated 4 days ago

South African Leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Celebrates, 80th Birthday (VIDEO)

South Africa's "moral conscience," Archbishop Desmond Tutu, celebrated his 80th birthday Friday, BBC reports.

The octogenarian, who helped end the apartheid, danced at the ceremony and was praised by U2 lead singer and philanthropist, Bono.

"At 80 years old," Bono said, "you are more punk rock than anyone I know."

But the happy occasion was clouded with some controversy. Tutu was disappointed when the South African government denied his spiritual friend the Dalai Lama a visa in time to attend the celebration, Associated Press reports.

Nonetheless, Tutu partied with a host of other friends and supporters and will continue the festivities with a Thanksgiving service in Cape Town.


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