According to a statement from the South African government, Nelson Mandela will "spend Christmas Day in [a] hospital."

"Former President Nelson Mandela will spend Christmas Day in hospital, his doctors have confirmed today, on 24 December 2012," the statement reads, according to BNO News. "President Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since the 8th of December and doctors say he continues to respond to treatment.

"President Zuma said the whole nation was behind Madiba during this difficult perio. "Knowledge of the love and support of his people keeps him strong. Therefore, we urge all South Africans to keep Tata uppermost in their thoughts at every place of worship or entertainment tomorrow on Christmas Day, and throughout the festive season. We also humbly invite all freedom loving people around the world to pray for him. He is an ardent fighter and will recover from this episode with all our support,’’ said President Zuma.

"The President also wished the Mandela family strength and assured them of the support of government and all the people of South Africa, who 'love Madiba dearly'."

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