People around the world were praying for the health of former South African President Nelson Mandela as he remained hospitalized since last weekend for a lung infection.

Widespread reports say the 94-year-old justice icon was doing well, but the Associated Press described worshipers at Soweto’s Regina Mundi Catholic Church on Sunday as praying for the Nobel Laureate, a symbol of freedom and democracy around the world. The church “once served as a major rallying point for anti-apartheid activists,” the Associated Press reported.

The country of 50 million people, as well as people around the world, awaited word of his condition this week as an announcement from President Jacob Zuma said only that he was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for tests “consistent for his age” and that he is “comfortable.” Later reports said Mandela is responding well to a treatment for a lung infection.