A Time in History (May)

From Preda.org: ‘It has been announced in the Netherlands that Irish Columban missionary, Fr. Shay Cullen is to be the recipient of the 2017 Martin Buber Award in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work on human rights undertaken through the PREDA Foundation which he established in the Philippines in 1975. He will be presented with the award in Kerkrade next November during the annual International Festival of Dialogue – EURIADE.

 

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Fr Shay Cullen

 

Columban Fr Shay Cullen, founder of PREDA (People’s Recovery, Empowerment and Development Assistance), is to receive two more international awards.

 

From Preda.org: ‘It has been announced in the Netherlands that Irish Columban missionary, Fr. Shay Cullen is to be the recipient of the 2017 Martin Buber Award in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work on human rights undertaken through the PREDA Foundation which he established in the Philippines in 1975. He will be presented with the award in Kerkrade next November during the annual International Festival of Dialogue – EURIADE.

 

‘Professor Martin Buber was a Jewish philosopher who advocated peace dialogue, mutual recognition of human rights and dignity, and a united Jewish and Arab Palestine. He became well known internationally for his “dialogical principle” – a way of thinking that implies that ONE human being – “I” – really perceives and accepts the OTHER as “YOU”.

 

‘Buber died in 1965, and the prestigious award in his memory was initiated in 2002 with German Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher as the inaugural recipient. Since then, recipients have included Queen Silvia of Sweden, President Klaus Johannis of Romania, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Irene of the Netherlands, and Karl-heinz Böhm, founder of the Austrian Menschen für Menschen Foundation for Ethiopia.’

 

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Father Shay with Ulrike Schurr, Chairperson of the Justice and Peace at the university

 

On 7 May this year Father Shay received the Shalom Award for Human Rights Defenders at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany.

 

From Preda.org: ‘In his acceptance speech Father Shay Cullen said he accepted it on behalf of those who worked on his team for human rights and protecting and healing the victims of human trafficking, abused children and young women.

 

‘He accepted he said not for himself, but for the victims of oppression, human rights violations, and every kind of abuse. He called on every one to take a strong stand for the human dignity and rights and never to remain silent when there are abuses in the community.

 

‘The distinguished audience of professors of academia, students, civic leaders and Fair traders and the general public present gave a sustained applause in acknowledgement of the achievements and accomplishments of the Preda Foundation in defending and promoting human rights.’

 

The website of PREDA is: www.preda.org