World Tolerance Award 2002 for Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II has received the World Tolerance Award 2002 for his efforts in promoting Peace and Tolerance around the world.
"With your mission, you have given hope to millions of people and brought the message of peace to the world," Michail Gorbachev, former Russian president and president of the Vienna-based World Awards, told the Holy Father in a speech at the Vatican.
The Pope thanked Gorbatschow, whom he regards as a special friend.
He received a heavy bronze statue modeled after Rodin's The Thinker. It will receive a place of honour in the Vatican Library. At the end of the audience the pope blessed this years 'World Awards'
"For the third time now we honour men who have changed the world", founder Georg Kindel sums up the philosophy behind the awards.
The award of 'World Tolerance', one of 12 categories, was presented to Simon Wiesenthal (2000) and Steven Spielberg (2001) before honouring the head of the the Catholic Church.
Men's World Day Awards
JOHN PAUL II RECEIVES HONORARY ROMAN CITIZENSHIP
The Pope has received the title of honourary citizen of Rome during a ceremony that took place in the Vatican in which Walter Veltroni, mayor of the city, and a group of administrators and representatives of Roman institutions participated.
The Holy Father recalled that he began to know and love the Eternal City after November 1946 when he came here to study.
"The affectionate bond which began then has been reinforced during the last 24 years, during which I have felt daily the closeness and warmth of Rome's citizens."
"Rome," said the Holy Father, "heir to a thousand-year old culture in which the fruitful seed of the proclamation of the Gospel has been sown, does not only contain treasures from the past that must be cared for. It is conscious of having a fundamental duty to fulfill in the future at the service of mankind today and tomorrow."
Vatican Information Service
City of Rome
JOHN PAUL II GIVEN A CROSS FORGED FROM GROUND ZERO RUBBLE
John Paul II has received a cross made of Ground Zero rubble and he paid homage to policemen who died at the World Trade Centre.
Before bidding the faithful farewell at today's general audience in St Peter's Square, the Pope said in English: "I also greet the delegation from the Port Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey, who honor their fellow officers who gave their lives in last year's terrorist attack on New York City."
The New York police delegation gave the Pope a cross made of metal from the rubble at Ground Zero. Thirty-eight Port Authority police personnel were among those killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the twin towers.
Port Authority Police Department - September 11 Memorial
1 Nov 2002