Cardinal Foley Award
Immediately after the death of Cardinal John P. Foley on 11 December 2011, several of our members and friends requested us to create an international award in his honour.
The requests came independently and spontaneously from different parts of the world. After various consultations by the directing committee, the proposal was submitted to the general assembly members who have accepted the creation of the award.
General assembly members said that it is the very fitting way to honour him, it is very applause-worthy and it is necessary to make the award known immediately:
This international award in honour of Cardinal John P. Foley honours all those who have directly or indirectly promoted healthy relations between the Church and the world as well as between other institutions and the society for the betterment of humanity.
Cardinal Foley together with our members always found that our organisation is a bridge between the Church and the world through ongoing reflection and search, get-togethers and seminars.
Such bridging and encounters are necessary today in our modern world where both young and senior generations value freedom, dignity and respect than blind submission.
Cardinal John P. Foley summarised at several occasions how important is our organisation for the Church and the society: You know how much I admire and respect the work of your organisation… Your outreach to new communicators through the International Network of Young Journalists has been most successful, and your summer universities for young journalists have opened the eyes of many to realities in the Church and in the world far beyond their own national boundaries. … You are to be specially commended for your federation system of organisation. In this way, you are able to treat of their particular concerns and, at the same time, have fruitful contact with those in other areas of the press. Yours is a growing organisation and a very necessary organisation.
In a congratulatory message to the International Network of Young Journalists, Cardinal Foley wrote: My own interest in journalism began when I was 10 years old and prepared a small typewritten community newspaper with two friends. Later I was involved in school and community newspapers and did articles for large daily and weekly newspapers when I was a university student.
Cardinal Foley attended for the first time our world congress held in Vienna, Austria in 1977. Until his death in 2011 he attended regularly our congresses and other activities. He encouraged the independence of journalists and always defended the autonomy of our organisation instead of merging with others.
The entries for the awards can be journalistic works published or publishable, broadcast or broadcastable realised since the year 2009. Entries can be in the form of an article, interview, profile, opinion, analysis, news story, photograph, or any other journalistic work. Written entries should not exceed 1200 words including tables, figures, photographs and references. All audio and audio-visual entries should be of standard size. The award will be conferred at the next world congress to be held in Panama in the year 2013.