Grand Duchess to Get Path to Peace Award

Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

NEW YORK, JUNE 6, 2006 ( The Path to Peace Foundation will bestow its namesake award for 2006 on Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations, and president of the foundation, announced today that the grand duchess has been unanimously selected to receive the award by the group’s board.

The Path to Peace Foundation is an agency established to carry out projects to support the work of the Holy See Mission to the United Nations.

Maria Teresa Mestre was born in Havana. During the Cuban revolution, her family left the country and settled in New York, where, as a young girl, she attended Marymount School and the Lycée Français.

In 1965, she and her family took up permanent residence in Geneva. Mestre first continued her studies at the Institut Marie-José at Gstaad, then at the boarding school Marie-Thérèse in Geneva, where she passed the French General Certificate of Education in 1975.

In 1980, she graduated from the University of Geneva with a degree in political science. Mestre met Prince Henri of Luxembourg while at the university. They married on Feb. 14, 1981, and have five children.

Since 1997, the grand duchess has served as a goodwill ambassador of UNESCO and she supports organizations which are active in the field of micro-credits and child protection.

In her country she dedicates efforts mainly to children and families in danger; to the social integration of persons who are physically, mentally or socially impaired; and to gender-related issues.

It is in recognition of her charitable works that the Path to Peace Foundation will honor her on June 13 with the 2006 Path to Peace Award, which will be presented at a dinner at the U.N. headquarters.

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