Rome, Italy. On September 8, the 2023, Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Mother of the Lord, Claret-Life Awards votes were tallied based on publicly-released criteria made public last February.The participants in the WYD Claret Way 2023, held in August in Lisbon, have awarded the first prize of this edition to the project Water is Life. Giving life and freedom to the people in Cameroon, with which the Cameroun Delegation of the Claretian Missionaries aims to provide drinking water to villages and communities.
The second prize supports the experience of the Youth Communication Networks for the Care of the Common Home, promoted by the Claretian Missionaries of Centroamérica Province and the Procladegua Foundation.
The young people who went on pilgrimage to Lisbon to meet Pope Francis have awarded the third prize to the Betania Project, with which the Claretian Missionary Sisters in Seville (Spain) promote the reception and integration of migrants.
The Claretian Missionaries are grateful for the effort made by the seven candidacies presented, coming – as well as to the young participants in the WYD Claret Way Global – from Africa, America, Asia and Europe, and above all for their constant commitment to the defense of life and the values of justice, peace and care of the Common Home and Human Rights that are deduced from the Gospel.
The features of the various projects can be found on this web page. In several of them, the collaboration between laity, religious men and women that increasingly distinguishes the activities of the Claretian Family is visible.
The 2023 edition of the Award has been called upon by the General Government of the Claretian Missionaries in order to fulfil the vision of the Congregation discerned at the General Chapter of 2021: a congregation committed to universal fraternity, justice, peace and care for the common home that collaborates with others for the transformation of the world according to God’s plan (cf. QC 79), which includes providing access to safe and clean water, welcoming all human beings without borders, and preserving the environment. The young people have been recognized for their contributions to these areas and have been awarded prizes accordingly.
Source | General Prefecture of Apostolate