French prof first woman to win the Ratzinger Prize

Anne-Marie Pelletier

The Ratzinger Prize, known as the Nobel Prize for Theology, has been won by a woman for the first time. Professor Anne-Marie Pelletier will receive the award in November in Colombia, reports Zenit. 

Cardinal Camillo Ruini recently named the 2014 award recipients as French theologian Anne-Marie Pelletier, and Polish priest and scholar, Professor Waldemar Chrostowski, who is the first Polish winner.

Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, briefed journalists on the Ratzinger Prizes of 2014, to be awarded November 22.

Professor Pelletier, 69, married with three children, is a scholar of hermeneutics and biblical exegesis who has also examined the role of women in Christianity. Having earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Paris and a licentiate in theology from the Catholic Institute of Paris, she currently teaches sacred Scripture and Hermeneutics Biblical Study at Paris' Notre Dame Seminary.

Referring to Professor  Pelletier as 'a most distinguished figure in contemporary French Catholicism,' Cardinal Ruini said she unites deserved scientific prestige and a great and versatile cultural liveliness with an authentic dedication to causes of the highest importance for Christian witness in society.'

The scholar has taught and published extensively, and is best known for her works in the field of hermeneutics and biblical exegesis and on the question of women in Christianity. Her research ranges from Christianity and Judaism, to the monastic world.

Monsignor Chrostowski is a 63-year-old priest, biblicist and expert on Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

The Ratzinger Prize is a monetary award for an amount of some $87,000. T It is intended to recognize those who perform promising scholarly research relating to or expounding upon his work.

FULL COVERAGE: Ratzinger Prize Goes to a Woman for 1st Time (Zenit)

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