Ouagadougou, 02 October, 2019 / 12:37 am (ACI Africa).
Burkina Faso born Jesuit priest, Fr. Paul Béré, is making history as the first ever African to win the Ratzinger Prize, which rewards the work of theologians and specialists from related disciplines.
“I am very surprised to have been awarded this prize, and I am very grateful to the scientific committee for this honor of being at the forefront of Africa for this prize,” Fr. Béré told Vatican News shortly after the announcement.
“I think this is an encouragement for all theological works done in Africa,” he said and described theology in Africa as “a theology that is attentive to what the Christian community is living in our territory.”
The President of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Foundation, Fr. Federico Lombardi, and President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi presented the winners of the 2019 Ratzinger Prize on Monday, September 30.
The prizewinners are chosen by Pope Francis on the proposal of a scientific council composed of five Cardinals who are members of the Curia. Each winner is expected to receive a cheque for $87,000.00