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Priest in Central African Republic is finalist for new $1 million peace prize

March 17, 2016

A Catholic priest from the Central African Republci is one of four finalists for a new international peace prize.

Father Bernard Kinvi, a Camillan priest, was nominated for the Aurora Prize for his wrole in sheltering 1,500 Muslims who were threatened by milita groups. Father Kinvi took them into the hospital where he works in Bossemptele, then helped arrange trucks to carry them to safety in Cameroon.

Of the four finalists for the Aurora Prize, three are Catholics. Along with Father Kinvi the Catholic nominees are: Tom Catena, a surgeon who has treated thousands of people in Sudan's Nuba region; and Marguerite Barankitse, who cared for orphans and refugees during Burundi's civil war. The other finalist is Syeda Ghulam Fatima, who has fought against slavery in Pakistan.

The Aurora Prize was founded by actor George Clooney to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide. The winner will receive a $1 million stipend. 

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