Gunnar Stålsett, 78, a Lutheran pastor, former Lutheran World Federation general secretary and emeritus bishop of Oslo, was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in Toyko, Japan, May 16. The prize recognizes those who work for interreligious cooperation, human rights and development, as well as disarmament and negotiations. Stålsett said the prize is "an affirmation that we as Lutherans have to take responsibility both in the spiritual understanding of peace of mind and heart and peace in the world." Stålsett's prize included a certificate, a medal and about $200,000.
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