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'Ratzinger Prize' awards to American theologian, French historian

Catholic World News - September 28, 2012

A French historian and an American theologian have been named the recipients of this year’s Ratzinger Prizes for academic excellence.

Historian Remi Brague, a professor at the Sorbonne, was described by Cardinal Camillo Ruini as "a true philosopher and, at the same time, a great historian of cultural thought who unites a profound and unequivocal Christian and Catholic faith to his speculative ability and historical vision.”

Father Brian Daley, a Jesuit who now teaches at Notre Dame, is an expert in ecumenism. Cardinal Ruini spoke of him as “a great historian of patristic theology, but also a man entirely committed to the life and mission of the Church, an exemplary model of the fusion of academic rigor with passion for the Gospel.”

The Ratzinger Prizes are conferred by the Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger- Benedict XVI. The foundation was established in 2010 to encourage academic work placing God at its center.

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