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Swiss-born Catholic theologian wins 2005 Niwano Peace Prize

Dr Hans Kung, who heads the Global Ethic Foundation in Switzerland and Germany, is to receive this year's Peace Prize from the Japan-based Niwano Foundation, which gives the annual award to an individual or organisation contributing significantly to world peace by promoting inter-religious cooperation.

Bishop Gunnar Staalsett of Oslo, a member of the Nobel Peace Prize committee and the chair of the international Niwano Peace Prize committee, said: "His scholarly contributions as well as his strategic mind have moved both religious leaders and ordinary people to build bridges for common service to humanity."

To avoid undue emphasis on any particular religion or region, every year the Peace Foundation solicits nominations from people of recognised intellectual stature around the world. In the nomination process, some 1000 people and organisations, representing 125 countries and many religions, are asked to propose candidates. The nominations are rigorously screened by the Niwano Peace Prize Committee which was set up in May of 2003 on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Niwano Peace Prize. The Committee presently consists of twelve religious leaders from around the world, all of whom are involved in movements for peace and inter-religious cooperation.

Although the Holy See has revoked his authorisation to teach in Catholic institutions, Kung is acknowledged by many as one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century. Currently he is President of the Global Ethic Foundation in Germany and Switzerland. He served as official theological consultant to the Second Vatican Council appointed by Pope John XXIII. He drafted the Global Ethic Declaration of the Parliament of the World's Religions held in Chicago in 1993.

Swiss-born Catholic theologian wins 2005 Niwano Peace Prize (Ecumenical News International 22/2/05)

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23 Feb 2005