Archdeacon Rod Bower receives Doha’s International Award for Interfaith Dialogue

Congratulations to Fr Rod Bower from the Anglican Parish of Gosford who has been awarded the 2016 International Award for Interfaith Dialogue. Fr Rod has traveled to the State of Qatar to receive the Doha award for Interfaith Dialogue and to speak at the international conference.

The 3rd Doha award for interfaith dialogue has been divided this year between three international associations and two individuals for their work in interfaith relations to foster understanding and whose activities contribute to security across the world.

The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Petrit Selimi shared the individual award with Fr. Rod Bower.

In a solemn ceremony held before 500 participants from around the world, the Minister of Justice of the state of Qatar, his Excellency, Dr. Hassan Lahdan Al Mohannadi presented the award. The awarding ceremony was attended by Cardinal Tauran, Pope Francis’ envoy on Interfaith Dialogue, as well as ministers, diplomats, activists and religious leaders from around the world.

Doha’s International Award for Interfaith Dialogue is known as one of the most prestigious awards on interfaith dialogue across the globe. This prize is divided into two categories, for individuals and institutions. This year there were a record number of nominees of 158 individuals and 68 institutions from 98 countries around the world. The international jury was chaired by the Rabbi Dr. Reuven Firestone from California.