Estonian composer Arvo Pärt awarded Ratzinger Prize

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Source: (Mihkel Maripuu/Postimees/Scanpix)

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, 82, has been announced as one of three winners of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize awarded by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.

Also to win the prize this year were German Lutheran theologian Theodor Dieter and theologian and German Catholic priest Karl-Heinz Menke, foundation president father Federico Lombardi announced during a press conference at the Holy See on Tuesday, according to a foundation press release.

The Ratzinger Prize, which was established by the Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation in 2010 and first awarded in 2011, is awarded to "people who answered to the challenge of fostering a deep dialogue among science, theology and philosophy."

The prizes will be awarded to the recipients at an event in Vatican City on Nov. 18.

Pope Benedict XVI served as Pope from 2005-2013. The Pope Emeritus was succeeded by Pope Francis.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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