Pacem in Terris Award

The Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award is a Catholic peace award which has been given annually since 1964, in commemoration of the 1963 encyclical letter Pacem in terris (Peace on Earth) of Pope John XXIII. It is awarded "to honor a person for their achievements in peace and justice, not only in their country but in the world."[1]

The award was begun in 1963 by the Davenport Catholic Interracial Council[2] of the Diocese of Davenport in the U.S. state of Iowa. Since 1976, the award has been presented each year by the Quad Cities Pacem in Terris Coalition. In 2010, sponsors of the award were the Diocese of Davenport, St. Ambrose University, Augustana College, Churches United of the Quad-Cities, Pax Christi, The Catholic Messenger, the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, the Sisters of St. Benedict, the Muslim Community of the Quad Cities, and the Sisters of St. Francis.[3]

Six recipients[4] have also received a Nobel Peace Prize.

Award winners

The following are the recipients:[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Pacem In Terris (Peace On Earth) Award Recipients". Diocese of Davenport. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  2. "Pacem In Terris". Diocese of Davenport. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  3. Arland-Fye, Barb (May 19, 2010). "Peace activist Fr. John Dear to get Pacem in Terris Award". The Catholic Messenger. Davenport, IA. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  4. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, and Lech Wałęsa
  5. "Thich Nhat Hanh named Pacem in Terris winner". The Catholic Messenger (Davenport, IA). Retrieved October 27, 2015.
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