Pacem in Terris

Peace and Freedom Award

The Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award was created in 1964 by the Davenport Catholic Interracial Council.

The award is presented by the Davenport Diocese in collaboration with other organization(s) to honor a person for their achievements in peace and justice, not only in their country but in the world.

The first Pacem in Terris award was given to John F. Kennedy in 1964. Since then it has included such notables as the activist Dorothy Day and religious figures such as Blessed Mother Teresa.

Award Recipients

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Bishop Emeritus Munib Younan

2019 Recipient

Bishop Emeritus Munib Younan, a Lutheran church leader from the Middle East committed to cultivating peace by building bridges among religions, was chosen to receive the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

In 2012, Bishop Younan joined global religious leaders in signing the historic "Welcome the Stranger: Affirmation for Faith Leaders" developed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with a Lutheran World Federation-led initiative.

Bishop Younan and Pope Francis co-signed a Joint Statement commemorating the Lutheran Reformation and Historical Reconciliation between the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches in 2016 in Lund, Sweden.

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