Andrea Riccardi receives the Charlemagne Prize




"In its more than 40 years of work Andrea Riccardi was an extraordinary sign and example of the European values ​​of peace, solidarity and human dignity and of civil commitment for a Better World", this reads the citation accompanying the award ceremony Charlemagne to Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio, from which 5 March 2009 was made the announcement to the press delivery of this prestigious award.


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[H24 news]: "Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio, will receive the European award Carlomagno for 2009. The announcement was made on March 5th in the Rome office of the association. «In his more than 40 years work», reads the motivation for the award, «Andrea Riccardi was an extraordinary sign and exemplary of European values ​​of peace, solidarity and human dignity, and of civil commitment for a better world». In 2004 the prize went to John Paul II, while in 2008 it fell to Angela Merkel. Riccardi has thus explained the meaning of this award to the Community of Sant'Egidio."
[Andrea Riccardi]: "Well, I think Sant'Egidio feels this award as an European consecration, because Sant'Egidio is universal, it works for the whole world, for Africa, for Latin America. But this is precisely the meaning of Europe: Europe can not live for itself. This can recognize the Premio Carlomagno: If the Sant'Egidio Europe is a Europe of solidarity, is a Europe projected to the outside, in a work for peace, in a work for the poor. I believe that Europe will have no future if it will not have a mission; that's what Sant'Egidio lives: Europeans who live a mission and then they become an universal network."
[H24 news]: "Created in 1950 by the german city of Aachen, the Premio Carlomagno consists of a check for 5,000 Euros, an image Carlomagno, and a certificate. "