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Germany: “Catholic Prize against Racism and Xenophobia”, 2017 tender out now

The German Bishops Conference (Dbk) promotes the second “Catholic Prize against Racism and Xenophobia” for 2017. The archbishop of Hamburg, mgr. Stefan Hesse, president of the Migration Committee for Dbk and president of the jury of the prize, points out that “many Christians work every day for a cohabitation that is respectful of people from different backgrounds”. Hesse insists that “anyone who instigates to act against refugees and migrants must be well aware that insensitiveness and xenophobia are incompatible with Christian faith: as Christians, we are called to defend the freedom and dignity of every human being”. The 2017 Prize will try to involve individuals, groups, Catholic-inspired associations working in Germany against xenophobia that will submit to the jury projects or initiatives for support, assistance, or social and ecumenical guidance: “I especially encourage young Catholics to work, through their projects, for the achievement of intercultural understanding against xenophobia”, the archbishop of Hamburg confirmed. The Prize money is 10 thousand euros and can be split with up to three winners. Projects may be entered until March 3rd, 2017, and the awards ceremony will take place on June 20th, 2017, at the Church of Maria Regina Martyrum in Berlin, where German Christians killed for their work in support of freedom of conscience and for their faith under the Nazi regime have been commemorated since 1963.

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