Sant?Egidio Founder Honored With European Unification Prize
Wilhelm StaudacherDirector, Konrad Adenauer FoundationToday the Karlspreis is the Nobel prize for the political unification of Europe. I think it?s the most respected prize in that regard.Since 1950 the prize has been awarded to politicians, but this year it was awarded to Andrea Riccardi who founded the Community of SantEgidio.Wilhelm StaudacherDirector, Konrad Adenauer FoundationWe elected a non-politician because we think after establishing institutions and social markets all over Europe, now we need to turn to the unification in the European Union sense and better cooperation and better understanding on the basis of value. A democracy-promoting institution, The Konrad Adenauer Foundation, postulated Riccardi for the award because of Sant?Egidio?s commitment to work on peace and relief to those less fortunate regardless of their political or religious affiliations.Wilhelm StaudacherDirector, Konrad Adenauer FoundationSo they said, not only will we have social ethics but we will do something and not wait for a country or a state, just that Christians should do it.Andrea Ricardi is not the first non-politician Catholic to receive the prize. In 2004 Pope John Paul II received a special lifetime achievement Charlemagne Prize. The only one of its kind.