- Jun 15, 2021
Tracey Rowland, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia, has won the Ratzinger Prize for theology, often described as the field’s equivalent to the Nobel Peace Prize.
Giving the Ratzinger prize to a philosopher from Canada and a Scripture scholar from Burkina Faso, Pope Francis said they demonstrate that “in the variety of cultures, diverse across time and space, one can and should always seek the way to God and the encounter with Christ.”
Estonian Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt, Lutheran Professor Theodor Dieter and Catholic Father Karl-Heinz Menke – both from Germany – were awarded the 2017 Ratzinger Prize for their contributions in the field of theology. For the first time an artist won the prize, in line with ““Benedict XVI’s appreciation for the art of music.”
The work by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI remains relevant today as symposiums, events, university courses, and books focus on the retired pontiff. As hundreds gathered in Rome for the presentation of “Cooperatores Veritatis,” a series of essays celebrating the pontiff’s 90th birthday, one thing was made apparent: Pope Benedict’s teachings are here to stay and are in growing demand.
For the fourth time in history, and the first during Francis’s pontificate, a woman biblical scholar has been asked to write the meditations for the Way of the Cross service at Rome’s Colosseum. Anne-Marie Pelletier, a Ratzinger prize winner, said she feels “lucky” to have this opportunity in a masculine ecclesial world.