The Executive Committee of Healing of Memories Luxembourg is delightedto congratulate Father Michael Lapsley on the Niwano Peace Prize 2022 which has just been awarded to him, in recognition of “his relentless struggle againt apartheid and social discrimination, his support for the liberation movement in South Africa and various peacebuilding activities in other parts of the world. Father Lapsley’s non-violent, multi-faith peacebuilding efforts and activities of healing based on a restorative justice approach, dialogue and reconciliation are continuing to contribute to the healing of South Africans as well as many others all over the world. He has contributed immensely to the cause of peace and inter-religious cooperation, which is in congruence with the mission of the Niwano Peace Prize.”. » (Niwano Peace Foundation press release, 2022.02.21)
This prize will be awarded to him in Tokyo on June 14 2022.
The Niwano Peace Prize has been awarded for 39 years by the Niwano Peace Foundation, dedicated since 1978 to interreligious cooperation in the cause of peace. Through this award, the committee, made up of leading figures from different religious traditions and geographical backgrounds, rewards a person or organization for their significant contribution to peace through interreligious cooperation. The first laureate was Brazilian Archbishop Helder P. Camara in 1983. In 2021, the prize was awarded to Venerable Shih Chao-hwei, from Taiwan.
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