The 2020 “Father Jacques Hamel” Prize is awarded to journalist Pierre Jovanovic

Published on 22 January 2020 - 09:47

The Saint François de Sales Days open this afternoon at the Sanctuary of Lourdes. They bring together Catholic journalists from nearly 30 countries. In 2017, the Federation of Catholic Media launched the “Father Jacques Hamel” Prize awarded for journalistic work in the service of peace and interreligious dialogue. This year, Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, will present this Prize to journalist Pierre Jovanovic for his article “Kayla Jean Muller, martyred for good”, published in the weekly La Vie on 7th November 2019.

Pierre Jovanovic, writer and author of the article "Kayla Jean Mueller, martyred for good", published in the weekly La Vie on 7th November 2019.

A Prize in the service of good

“Kidnapped in Iraq in 2015, she always refused to renounce her Christian faith. The jihadists murdered her. Kayla Jean Mueller’s name was given to the American raid on ISIS in October 2019, paying tribute to this 26-year-old young humanitarian who never wanted to give up hope. A member of an Evangelical Church, Kayla worked in India, in the West Bank in the heart of Palestinian villages, in the United States with homeless women … During her captivity in Syria, she demonstrated an unusual inner strength, which is evidenced in the article by Pierre Jovanovic”, said a press release published on Tuesday by the Federation of Catholic Media (FMC).

Kayla Mueller

Established in 2017, the Father Jacques Hamel Prize, in homage to the Normandy priest murdered in his church in 2016, aims to reward a work (article, book, documentary …) which highlights peace initiatives and approaches to interreligious dialogue.

Father Jacques Hamel

It will be awarded to the winner on Thursday 23rd January, in Lourdes, on the occasion of the 24th International Saint François de Sales Days, by his eminence Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, in the presence of Mrs. Roseline Hamel, sister of the priest murdered in Saint-Etienne du Rouvray on 26th July 2016.

Please note that a delegation of the media from the Holy See, partners of this annual meeting, will be participating in this conference.