Catalonia to honour ‘The Arch’

Madrid - The government of the prosperous northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia says it is to award Archbishop Desmond Tutu its annual international prize.

In a statement it says a jury chose Tutu for his constant struggle for social justice and his “integrity, courage and exceptional ability.”

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has come out strongly in support of assisted dying for the terminally ill. File photo: Jeffrey Abrahams. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Tutu has been active in defending human rights around the world and involved in campaigns against AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism and homophobia, it says.

Tutu was chosen from 162 candidates and the award ceremony will be held on June 3 at the government palace in Barcelona.

The 82-year-old said Thursday that the award honored him and those he described as a group of exceptionally knowledgeable and gifted activists involved in social justice across the world “on whose shoulders I have proverbially sat.”