Bridge Builder Award to religious leaders

The Good News of the Week: Three international, religious leaders are awarded for building bridges across religions.

The prize was announced by Aamir Sheikh, leader of the 14th of August Commitee in Oslo, together with the Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center, Kjersti Fløgstad, on Friday 2 July. “Brobyggerprisen” – Bridge Builder Award - is awarded by the 14th of August Committee Norway to persons and institutions who have contributed to building bridges across individuals, nations and societies, both in Norway and internationally. This year, the prize goes to three of the world’s most important, religious leaders and heads of the large, moniteistic religions: HE Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca, Acting General Secretary of The World Council of Churches, HE Michael Melchior, Chief Rabbi and leader ofr The Religious Peace Initiative in Israel and muslim leader HE Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.

“The time is right for sending a clear message of peace to the world, about the importance of working together with respect, love and tolerance for our differences, the way it is anchored in the three monotheistic religions”, the jury states.

The Bridge Builder Award will be handed out in a ceremony in Oslo 25 August.


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