Mary Ann Glendon Honored for Peace Work

Holy See Mission Notes Efforts in Human Rights

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NEW YORK, MAY 12, 2010 ( The Path to Peace Foundation announced that it will be awarding Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, for her commitment to peace work.

The decision was announced by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, and president of the Path to Peace Foundation, an agency established in 1991 to carry out projects in support of the work of the Holy See Mission to the United Nations.

The annual Path to Peace Award is given in recognition of a person’s commitment to the development of peace in the national and international arenas.

Glendon, who will receive the award on June 8 in New York, is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, and former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

The foundation noted some of her achievements: «She is the author of numerous works in the fields of human rights, comparative law, constitutional law and political theory.

«Her most recent book, ‘Traditions in Turmoil’ (2006), won the International Capri-San Michele Prize and the Premio Capalbio in 2008, and her history of the framing of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (2001) was described by the New York Times reviewer as the definite study of that historic achievement.

«In 1993, her comparative study, ‘The Transformation of Family Law,’ won the Legal Academy’s highest award, the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award, and in 1988, she received the Scribes Book Award given by the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects for ‘Abortion and Divorce in Western Law.'»

Glendon had been a member of the social sciences academy since 1994 when she was appointed president in 2004. Benedict XVI named her to a second five-year term in 2009.

The foundation noted that «in 1995, she headed the 22-member delegation of the Holy See to the 4th U.N. Women’s Conference in Beijing.»

It added: «She was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2002-2005.

«In 1994, she was a signer of ‘Evangelicals and Catholics Together,’ an ecumenical document aimed at rapprochement between Catholics and Evangelicals.»

The foundation also announced that it will be honoring two people with its Servitor Pacis Award, which recognizes those «who literally spend their lives with the only purpose and desire to be where the need is greater, where the wounds are festering and the pain unending,» the organization’s Web site stated.

The award will be given to Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House, and Peter Kelly, president of the board of directors of CRUDEM Foundation, which administers Sacre Coeur Hospital in Milot, Haiti.

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