Jesuit wins Mother Teresa award
Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash said the recognition "shows how much the world today needs the work of the Missionaries of Charity."
Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash, who works for social justice and human rights in western India, has been awarded this year's Mother Teresa International Award for Social Justice.
The award "comes as a challenge that we transcend our own small world and reach out in more tangible ways to those who hunger and thirst for love, dignity and justice," said Father Prakash, director at the Prashant Centre for Human Rights Justice and Peace based Ahmadabad, Gujarat state.
He said the recognition "shows how much the world today needs the work of the Missionaries of Charity."
The priest has been involved for years in defending human rights in India. In particular, along with the Prashant Centre, he has helped the victims of sectarian violence between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002.
The Harmony Foundation, an association founded in 2005, established the award to uphold the legacy of Mother Teresa. This year, Sam Childers, an activist-biker and Indian movie actress Sushmita Sen known for her social commitment, were among those who received the award.
This award, the Jesuit priest said, "is a recognition of the current situation, where the gap between rich and poor is widening ever more. And with it, social injustice grows."
This year the prize recognizes "total compassion and unconditional reaching out to the poorest of the poor, the dying destitute, the unloved and the uncared of this world."
Source: Asia News