Catholic order wins top award for social work

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14 September 2005, OVIEDO — The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul were awarded the 2005 Prince of Asturias Concord Prize in recognition of their social and humanitarian work.

14 September 2005

OVIEDO — The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul were awarded the 2005 Prince of Asturias Concord Prize in recognition of their social and humanitarian work.

The jury, which announced the awarding of the prize on Wednesday in Oviedo, noted the "exceptional social and humanitarian work in support of the disadvantaged, performed in an exemplary manner for nearly four centuries" by the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

The Catholic religious order, which was founded in 1633 by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, has communities in the Americas, Europe and Africa.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation said 55 candidates from 17 nations were vying for this year's Prince of Asturias Concord Prize, one of eight international prizes handed out each year by the organization.

The Prince of Asturias Concord Prize is given to "that person or institution whose work has contributed in an exemplary way to understanding and peaceful coexistence among men, to the fight against injustice, poverty, sickness, ignorance and the defence of liberty".

The Prince of Asturias awards offer a cash prize of 50,000 euros (about $60,000) and a reproduction of a statuette designed by Joan Miro.

Awarded by Spain's crown prince, the prizes are regarded as the Ibero-American world's equivalent of the Nobels.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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