Pope Francis has been nominated for Ireland’s premier peace award.
The Pope has been nominated both as an individual and as a religious
leader, “noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his
commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all
backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.”
Previous laureates of the Tipperary International Peace Award include
the recently deceased South African statesman, Nelson Mandela, the
former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev and late Senator
Gordon Wilson from Enniskillen, as well as former US President Bill
Clinton and former Irish President Professor Mary McAleese and her
husband Senator Martin McAleese.
The four other nominees for the 2013 award are former US diplomat Dr
Richard Haass who has tried unsuccessfully in recent days to broker an
agreement between the parties in Northern Ireland on some of the
outstanding issues of the peace process including the issues of flags,
parades and the past.
Other nominees are Sr Mary Tarcisa Lokot, who is well known for her
work to rebuild peace in war-ridden Northern Uganda and for her
willingness to reach out to those who once were responsible for mass
The organisation she works with, ARLPI (Acholi Religious Leaders
Peace Initiative) has been involved in interfaith dialogue, and has
contributed significantly to constrain violence in Northern Uganda.
The other two nominations are the International Peace Bureau, which is dedicated to the vision of a world without War.
The Bureau is made up of 300 member organisations in 70 countries.
Together with individual members they form a global network, bringing
together expertise and campaigning experience in a common cause.
Korean, Dr Lee Kyu Hyung, is an advocate for peace through Martial
arts. He helped to found the Taekwondo Peace Corps which travels the
world to promote peace through Taekwondo.
Last year’s winner was Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, in
recognition of her advocacy of the right to education of girls, despite
the Taliban’s attempted assassination of her.