Bruxelles, 11th October 2017 – the director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in southeast Europe Tvrtko Barun and Croatian association Transplant, which promotes giving and transplanting of organs, were awarded the European citizen’s prize at the award ceremony in the European Parliament.
They were among 50 laureates of this year’s European citizen’s prize, awarded by the European Parliament since 2008 to individuals and associations which promote international collaboration and mutual understanding within European Union.
Looking back at humanitarian character of JRS, director Barun points: “Our work is based in values proclaimed in the gospel. I think that being open towards others and those different poses a challenge for all people, regardless of their religious beliefs. The life of Christ and the words of Christ can help us Christians to opt for the openness, acceptance of strangers, seeing the good in others, allowing others to enrich us with their differences, searching and finding God’s face in those in need. It is up to each Christian to decide as to what extent he or she is willing to answer that call.”