July 23, 2015

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

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- The Patriarch of Baghdad awarded the international “La Traglia” prize

- Other Pontifical Acts

The Patriarch of Baghdad awarded the international “La Traglia” prize

Vatican City, 23 July 2015 (VIS) – His Beatitude Louis Raphael I Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Baghdad, Iraq, will receive the international “La Traglia – Ethnic Groups and Communities” award from the Italian city of Jelsi on 27 July. The prize, in its eighth edition this year, is awarded to those who played a distinguished role in the promotion and attention to tradition, the environment, the defence of human rights and the cultural and religious identity of small communities and ethnic groups.

Previous winners include the Sioux-Lakota chief Birgil Kills Straight, Tara Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and Gino Strada (founder of Emergency). In 2015, a year after Pope Francis' visit to the Italian region of Molise, where Jelsi is located, and reflecting his concern over the conflicts in the Middle East, the organisers of “La Traglia” wished to draw attention to the contemporary martyrdom of Christians in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Egypt, by presenting the award to Patriarch Sako, for his commitment to interreligious dialogue in favour of unity with the other Churches present in Iraq and with the Christians of the Middle East.

Other Pontifical Acts

Vatican City, 23 July 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Fr. John Moon Hee Jong as auxiliary of the diocese of Suwon (area 5,371, population 7,721,286, Catholics 825,735, priests 481, religious 1,703), Korea. The bishop-elect was born in Gyeonggi-do, Korea in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1994. He holds a licentiate in liturgy from the St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles in the diocese of Suwon, including parish vicar, parish priests and spiritual director of the Catholic University (major seminary). He is currently diocesan director of the department for evangelisation, lecturer at the major seminary and parish priest.

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