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Germany: Catholic award against xenophobia and racism, the 2019 prize just announced

Today, the German Bishops Conference (Dbk) announced the third Catholic award against xenophobia and racism, which will be given in summer 2019. “In difficult times, we have established a clear message: hatred and persecution contradict the Christian message. Anyone who arouses resentment will attack the foundations of our society with an axe”, the archbishop of Hamburg. mgr. Stefan Hesse, said when he announced the award. Hesse will chair the jury. The award is given to people, groups or organisations that work against xenophobia and racism in Germany, based on the Catholic faith, or that play a key role in ecumenical or social initiatives. “Debates about migration are currently laden with fears and reservations – the archbishop claimed –, and the many examples of good partnerships are too scarcely visible. We want to strengthen the many volunteers who indefatigably work for a respectful cohabitation of people from different backgrounds. At the same time, we want to encourage all Christians to oppose to misanthropic tendencies and to join forces to have a cohesive society”. The first time the Dbk gave the award was in 2015. At present, it includes 10 thousand euros to be shared by three winners. People, groups or organisations may take part in the award by proposing on-going initiatives or innovative projects. Applications or reports that are not known but are relevant to the fight against xenophobia and racism can be sent by email to the secretariat of Dbk by 15th January 2019.

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