Australian theologian Tracey Rowland has won the prestigious Ratzinger Prize, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of theology. Source: Rome Reports.
Dr Rowland was named alongside French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion as this year's winners of the prize.
According to The Catholic Weekly, the University of Notre Dame Australia professor is only the third woman to receive the award.
An award ceremony will take place on November 14 at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Francis, but it not clear if the winners will be able to attend.
Fr Frederico Lombard SJ, president of The Ratzinger Foundation, said: "The date has been set, and the invitations were sent, so let's hope everything goes well. If both of them can't attend, we will invite them to come next year, with the winners of the next edition."
Dr Rowland, 57, is an expert on Pope Benedict XVI and has studied the relationship between theology and culture in the 20th century. She is a member of the International Theological Commission.
Jean-Luc Marion, 74, is an expert in phenomenology.
The Ratzinger Foundation was created in 2010, with the idea of promoting studies and publications on the teachings of Benedict.
Aussie academic wins prestigious Ratzinger Prize for theology (The Catholic Weekly)
Q&A with Ratzinger Prize winner Dr Tracey Rowland (The Catholic Weekly)