Chiara Lubich: LIGHT LIFE and CULTURE

Awards and Prizes

Awards and Prizes given to Chiara Lubich by international and academic bodies:

International Awards

  • UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 1996 (Paris, December 1996)
  • Council of Europe Human Rights Prize 1998 (Strasburg, September 1998)

National Awards

  • Brazil – National Order of the Southern Cross from the Brazilian President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Rome, October 1998)
  • Germany – Grand Merit Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany from the German President, Johannes Rau (Rome, June 2000)
  • Italy – Knight Grand Cross from the Italian President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (Rome, June 2003)

Ecumenical Awards

  • Cross of St Augustine from Archbishops of Canterbury, Robert Runcie (London, 1981) and George Carey (London, 1996)
  • Byzantine Cross from Ecumenical Patriarchs Dimitrios I (Istanbul, 1984) and Bartholomew I (Istanbul, 1995)
  • Augsburg Peace Prize (Augsburg, 1988)

Interreligious Awards

  • The Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (London, April 1977)
  • From the Jewish Community in Rome, ‘An Olive Tree for Peace’ (Rocca di Papa, October 1995)
  • From the Fon of Fontem, King of the Bangwa, Lucas Njifua, the title ‘Mafua Ndem’, ‘Queen sent by God’ (Fontem, Cameroon, May 2000)
  • From the Hindu Gandhian organizations Shanti Ashram and the Sarvodaya Movement, the Defender of Peace award (Coimbatore, India, January 2001)

Honorary Doctorates

  • Poland – Social Sciences, the Catholic University of Lublin (June 1996)
  • Thailand – Social Communications, Saint John’s University, Bangkok (January 1997)
  • Philippines – Theology, the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila (January 1997)
  • Taiwan – Theology, Fu Jen University, Taipei (January 1997)
  • USA – Humane Letters, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut (May 1997)
  • Mexico – Philosophy, the University of San Juan Bautista de la Salle, Mexico City (June 1997)
  • Argentina – Interdisciplinary, all 13 faculties of the State University of Buenos Aires (April 1998)
  • Brazil – Humanities and Religious Studies, the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo ( April 1998)
  • Brazil – Economics, the Catholic University of Pernambuco (May 1998)
  • Italy – Economics, the Catholic University of Milan, Piacenza (June 1999)
  • Malta – Psychology, the University of Malta (February 1999)
  • USA – Education, the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. (November 2000)
  • Slovakia – Theology, the University of Trnava (June 2003)
  • Venezuela – Art, the Cecilio Acosta Catholic University, Maracaibo (July 2003)
  • Italy – Theology of the Consecrated Life, Claretianum Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (October 2004)
  • UK – Divinity, Liverpool Hope University (January 2008)

Chiara Lubich also had conferred upon her nineteen honorary citizenships and other awards from public and cultural bodies.

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