Eastern Europe    JOHN PAUL II NAMED "MAN OF THE YEAR" IN ROMANIA
On Tuesday, Romanian National Radio awarded John Paul II the title Man of the Year 1999.
    The Holy Father was represented by Archbishop Jean-Claude Perisset, the Apostolic Nuncio, during the ceremony awarding the symbolic medallion.
    The award acknowledges the Pontiff's contribution to the cause of peace and dialogue among Christians during his visit to Romania last May. This was the first time a reigning Pope had visited a country with an Orthodox majority.
    The Romanian ambassador to the Vatican also said that the award manifests the effort the Pope is making so that Romania will not become a society where "unbridled capitalism" reigns but that it evolves into "a more human and, of course, European society."
   
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