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Cardinal, Vatican newspaper laud Nobel literature winner

Catholic World News - October 12, 2010

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima and L’Osservatore Romano have praised the Nobel Prize committee’s decision to award the 2010 prize in literature to Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa.

Saying that a “Christian spirit” animates the writer’s works, Cardinal Cipriani Thorne called the author “a man who preaches liberty, democracy, and he preaches it with a valiant and open spirit.”

“Capable in the use of the most varied narrative techniques, Vargas Llosa knew how to pass in his novels from the closed and degraded spaces of the big cities to the great open scenes of the Peruvian landscape, manifesting always a great creative capacity, and always placing the human person at the center of his works,” added the Vatican newspaper, which had criticized the decision to award the prize to Dario Fo (1997) and Jose Saramago (1998).

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