The Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award was created in 1964 by the Davenport Catholic Interracial Council. An Award is presented by the Diocese in collaboration with other organization to honor a person for their achievements in peace and justice, not only in their country but in the world.
The first Pacem in Terris award was given to John F. Kennedy in 1964. Since then it has included such notables as the activist Dorothy Day and religious figures such as Blessed Mother Teresa.
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It is not enough for for people to simply give to the poor, the Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez Merino said Wednesday after accepting the 2016 Pacem in Terris Award at Christ the King Chapel, St. Ambrose University, Davenport.
To truly serve the poor, one must be in a relationship with the poor, he said.
Speaking to more than 300 people who gathered for the ceremony, Gutierrez said, “We are not committed to serving the poor unless we are a friend to the poor.” Read More...
DAVENPORT -- Friendship with the poor is very important to their liberation, the Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez told attendees at an award ceremony honoring his lifetime of dedication to the poor. Read More...
Peruvian priest will receive Pacem in Terris award
By Barb Arland-Fye
The Catholic Messenger
September 15, 2016
Father Gustavo Gutiérrez, an internationally recognized theologian whose lifework is focused on the poor and the excluded, will receive the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award on Sept. 28 in Davenport.
Bishop Martin Amos of the Davenport Diocese will present the award to Fr. Gutiérrez during a ceremony that begins at 6:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel on the St. Ambrose University campus, Davenport. The event is free and open to the public.
Fr. Gutiérrez, 88, is recognized as a prominent figure in Latin American Catholicism. His 1971 book “A Theology of Liberation” led many to regard him as a principal founder of liberation theology, which seeks to free the poor from unjust economic and social conditions. Liberation theology emphasizes the biblical conviction of a preferential option for the poor. More...