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CONFER announces the recipients of the 'Carisma Awards'.

The awards recognize the work that persons or institutions carry out according to the fundamental purpose of CONFER: to encourage, serve and promote religious life.

Maria José Atienza-April 6, 2021-Reading time: 3 minutes
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The Spanish Conference of Religious has announced the winners of its 'Charism Awards'. Among the winners in this edition are the Fundación Madrina, hospital chaplains and the tweeter Jordi Sabaté, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The purpose of these awards is to recognize the work that different persons or institutions carry out according to the fundamental purpose of CONFER: to encourage, serve and promote religious life.

In this edition, the Charisma Awards went to the following people and institutions:

  • Charisma Award for Formation and SpiritualityJosé Ramón Busto Saiz, priest of the Society of Jesus. For his tireless, inspiring and quality dedication to training and research in the field of biblical exegesis for forty-three years, since 1978, at the Pontifical University of Comillas and in countless areas of non-formal education.  
  • Charisma Award for Justice and SolidarityGodmother Foundation. For its support and protection of the most vulnerable children and women in their maternity in the face of social, educational and labor exclusion.    
  • Charisma Award for Mission and CooperationThe Church in the Canary Islands and in particular to Antonio Viera. For his denunciation of the conditions in which foreigners arriving at the CIE Barranco Seco in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are held, as well as his tireless struggle to achieve its closure.  
  • Charisma Education AwardRaquel Pérez SanjuanTechnical Secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Education and Culture. For his work for the defense of the subject of Religion as necessary for a complete formation of children, adolescents and young people in Spain.  
  • Charisma Award for Vocational Youth MinistryYoung Dehonians. For its creative and current advertising campaigns with the objective of promoting the knowledge and promotion of Religious Life in our society.  
  • Charisma Health Award To the Hospital Chaplains during the COVID. For their work of accompaniment and comfort to the victims of the coronavirus who were alone in the hospitals. For their prayers at the Ice Palace and the cemeteries without the presence of the families. It has been a silent but fundamental work for the comfort of the families.   
  • Charisma Communication AwardMabel Lozanowriter, writer, actress and film director. For her commitment to the fight against prostitution, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  
  • Faith and Culture Charisma AwardThe Paul VI Foundation The Foundation is a cultural institution and institution of higher learning created by Cardinal Herrera Oria. For its dialogue with politics, culture and society; science, technology and bioethics; social justice, human promotion, development and ecology on the basis of Christian humanism.   
  • Charisma of Impact AwardJordi Sabatéfor his campaign "Mueve un dedo por la vida" (Move a finger for life). For his campaign "Move a finger for life" and for his tireless efforts to bring knowledge of this degenerative disease to society and promote research, all through humor and always in defense of life.    
  • Special Charisma Awardl : José Luis PinillaFor his commendable work in the field of migration and the defense of human rights, becoming a friend and brother of the poor, following the example of Pedro Arrupe. For his commendable work in the field of migration and the defense of human rights, becoming a friend and brother of the poor, following the example of Pedro Arrupe; a religious vocation that makes him give himself above all to the underprivileged.  

The jury that makes up these awards is formed by: Jesús Miguel Zamora, Secretary General of CONFER; Eva Silva, Responsible Communication Service of CONFER; José María Legorburu, Vice President of the Catholic Union of Informers and Journalists of Spain (UCIPE); Elsa González, Board of Directors of Telemadrid; Santiago Riesco, RTVE Journalist; José Beltrán, Director of Vida Nueva; Silvia Rozas, Director of Ecclesia; Manolo Bretón, President of Cáritas Española; Mayte Ortiz, Director of Fundación SM and Eva Fernández, Correspondent of the COPE Group in Italy and the Vatican.

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