HIV positive Ugandan priest wins Niwano Peace Prize

Episcopal Life reports on an HIV positive Ugandan priest who has won the 2009 Niwano Peace Prize for breaking the silence in faith communities on HIV/AIDS.

The Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, a Ugandan Anglican priest who became the first known African cleric to declare publicly he was HIV-positive, breaking stigma-induced silence that often hampers combating the illness, has been awarded the Niwano Peace Prize.

The award is often seen as akin to a Nobel Peace Prize for members of the faith community. It is awarded by the Japan-based Niwano Peace Foundation. The prize comes with 20 million yen (US$213,000), the Buddhist group said in a February 20 statement. This is the second time in five years the prize has gone to Uganda.

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More stories on Canon Byamugisha here and in a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury here.

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