This year’s Spanish Prince of Asturias Award for Concord has been given to the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. The decision was announced in the city of Oviedo by the jury for the prize which honours outstanding achievement in many areas including the fight against poverty and human rights abuses.
Founded in Paris by Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac in 1633, the organisation did charitable work in France and Poland during the 17th and 18th centuries and later expanded across the world. The congregation is now present in 93 countries. The Daughters dedicate their lives to caring for the forgotten, the sick and the deprived all over the world. They do a wide range of humanitarian and social work, while also working for justice, peace and solidarity. They run school kitchens, centres for mothers and new-born babies and hospitals for the victims of Aids, leprosy and tuberculosis.