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Cardinal Martino Awarded for Defending Elderly

ROME, JAN. 9, 2007 ( Cardinal Renato Martino is being awarded for his work in promotion of justice and peace, especially that which has benefited the elderly.

The cardinal, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will receive the International Life Award on Friday. The award is offered by the Italy-based National Observatory of the Third Age.

Cardinal Martino headed the Holy See delegation to the Second World Assembly on Aging, held in Madrid in April 2002.

The society bestows this award annually on “those personalities … who, with their commitment and work, have contributed to improve the quality of life of all age levels or have given witness to the importance of the fundamental values of solidarity and subsidiarity to offer the most vulnerable and fragile an appropriate existence respectful of human dignity.”

Previous recipients of the award include Pope John Paul II, scientists Christiaan Barnard, Zaki Shafira and Rita Levi-Montalcini, and institutions such as the World Health Organization and several U.N. agencies.

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