Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan

Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan

October 29, 2012

Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, is the 2012 Pax Christi International Peace Laureate.

He is being honoured for promoting understanding among people of different faiths through dialogue in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.

Most notably, he has worked to bridge relations between Christians and Muslims.

Pax Christi International officials will present the award Oct. 31 in Brussels.

Marie Dennis, co-president of the organization, commended the archbishop for his “faithful witness to the Gospel of peace and reconciliation,” particularly “in an era when extremists from different religious traditions regularly claim media attention."