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BELGIUM: 2012 Pax Christi International Peace Laureate Archbishop Honored

BRUSSELS, July 13, 2012 (CISA) -The 2012 Pax Christi International Peace Laureate, His Grace Archbishop Dr John Onaiyekan is to be honored in Brussels, Belgium later this year for his efforts in promoting understanding between people of different faiths through dialogue in Africa, and particularly in his country, Nigeria.

Archbishop Dr John Onaiyekan’s consistent and tireless efforts in advocating for justice, peace, inter-religious dialogue and action earned him the 2012 Pax Christi International Peace Prize. His work in Nigeria and other African countries, as the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, the Co-chair for the African Council of Religious Leaders—Religions for Peace (ACRL—RfP), and immediate former Co-Chair of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) immensely contributed to peace.

The Co-presidents of Pax Christi International Ms Marie Dennis and Bishop of Rustenburg, South Africa, Bishop Kevin Dowling commended Archbishop Dr Onaiyekan for the important role he has played in building bridges between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria and beyond.

The annual peace prize for which Dr Onaiyekan was unanimously nominated honors men and women who stand up for peace, justice and non-violence in different parts of the world.

Pax Christi International is a non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a variety of issues in the fields of human rights, human security, disarmament and demilitarization, just world order and religion and violent conflicts. Its international secretariat is in Brussels, Belgium.

Read the original article on the Cisa News Africa website.