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Richard Haass and Pope Francis up for peace prize

Paul Melia

Richard Haass and Pope Francis are among five nominees in line to receive the 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award.

The winner will be announced in the coming days and the award presented in Tipperary next year.

Dr Haass, who worked over Christmas to broker agreement on unresolved issues in the peace process, has previously been awarded the US State Department's Distinguished Service Award for his work in the province.

Pope Francis has been nominated for his humility, concern for the poor and commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs and faiths, the Tipperary Peace Convention said.

Other nominees include the International Peace Bureau,which is dedicated to the vision of a world without war, Sister Mary Tarcisa Lokot for her work in helping to rebuild Northern Uganda and co-founder of the Taekwondo Peace Corps, Dr Lee Kyu Hyung.

Previous winners include Nelson Mandela, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and late Senator Gordon Wilson from Enniskillen, along with former US President Bill Clinton and President Mary McAleese..

Last year's winner was 16-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who was attacked by Taliban gunmen after she campaigned for girls to go to school without fear.

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