Vatican: Pope Francis to be awarded International Charlemagne Prize today

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Pope Francis is to be awarded the Charlemagne Prize, in Vatican today May 6. The award ceremony will be held today while Italy’ Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will be delivering the opening address. The prestigious International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is awarded to individuals for their services for European confederation.

International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen

The award ceremony will be initiated by the “laudatio” speeches by President of the European Parliament- Martin Schulz, President of the European Commission- Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Council- Donald Tusk. The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen named after Charlemagne, the King of the Franks, who was celebrated by his equals as the “Father of Europe”. The laureate of the award for 2015 was European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

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On December 23, this years’ laureate’ name was announced in Aachen, Germany. The executive committee of the Charlemagne Prize, decides the winners of this prize every year. The executive committee decided Pope Francis to be this year’ winner based upon his address to the European Parliament in 2014.

Moreover, the prize committee applauded the Pontiff’ message of “peace and understanding” as well as “compassion, tolerance, solidarity and the integrity of creation throughout his pontificate.” “In these times, in which many citizens in Europe seek orientation, His Holiness Pope Francis sends a message of love and encouragement,” the executive committee of the Charlemagne Prize said in a statement.