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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Leading theologian wins humanitarian prize
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 The Peruvian theologian and academic Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino, has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Communication and the Humanities 2003. The Prince of Asturias prizes are awarded by the Spanish government to a person, work group or institution whose creative work or research represent an outstanding contribution in their field. Fr Timothy Radcliffe said: "Gustavo Gutiérrez is a brother whose simplicity and goodness strike everyone who meets him. This prize celebrates a man of God, whose commitment to the poor is deeply evangelical." Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino has been named the father of liberation theology. He argued that the 'good news' and the liberation brought by Christ are not only applicable to the spiritual side of our being, but also to social and material conditions. Liberation theology has therefore advocated reform of contemporary political structures in Latin America and an end to injustice and poverty. Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino is the founding director of CAFOD partner organisation in Lima, the Bartolomé de las Casas Institute that has a long history of providing support and leadership training to poor communities and a wide range of Peruvian non-governmental organisations. This prize is a merited recognition of his intellectual contribution and his influential role in Latin America and beyond.
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