The Literary Prize of L’Œuvre d’Orient 2021 is awarded to Khalil KARAM and Charbel MATTA, La Mission Jésuite de Ghazir 1843-1965, Le retour de la Compagnie de Jésus au Liban. Ed. Presses de l’Université Saint-Joseph.
This book is a tribute to the Jesuits who spent 122 years in Ghazir as part of their educational mission.
This book is a meticulous work of memory, featuring black and white photographs, documents and testimonies. It is a novel way of understanding the uniqueness of Lebanon and its identity, both in terms of education and the values inherited from the Francophonie.
Khalil Karam and Charbel Matta highlight the fundamental role of the Jesuits in the service of the Eastern Churches.
“It is a celebration of the union of Western and Eastern Christians.” – Anne Bénédicte Hoffner, Jury Member
“A very moving piece of work that puts together a collection of beautiful photos.” – Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, Jury President
The jury, experts on the issue of Eastern Christians, is composed of:
- Hélène CARRÈRE d’ENCAUSSE, Permanent Secretary of the French Academy, Jury President.
- Antoine ARJAKOVSKY, Co-director of the Department “Politics and Religions” of the Research Center of the College of Bernardins in Paris.
- Christian CANNUYER, Professor at the Faculty of Theology at Université catholique de Lille and Director of Solidarité-Orient (Belgium).
- Geneviève DELRUE, Head of Religious News at RFI, “Religions du monde” Program Producer.
- Antoine FLEYFEL, Director of the Institut chrétiens d’Orient in Paris, Professor at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut and Member of Œuvre d’Orient.
- Anne Bénédicte HOFFNER, Journalist, Assistant to the Chief of World Service in LA CROIX.
- Christian LOCHON, Member of the Academy of Overseas Sciences.
- Marine de TILLY, Literary Critic for Le Point and Senior Reporter.
- Thomas WALLUT, Producer and Journalist for “Chrétiens Orientaux, Foi, Espérance et Traditions” Program on France 2.
The award will be presented by Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris during the annual mass of L’Œuvre d’Orient in October 2021.
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