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Coventry Cathedral presents global award to Christian Aid for efforts in tacking conflict and peacebuilding

4 July 2017 - On Tuesday ChristianAid was presented with an international award in recognition of its longstanding work to build peace in communities across the world that are living in poverty.

The Cross of Nails was awarded to Christian Aid by The Community of the Cross of Nails – a network of churches, charities and other agencies working together for peace, justice and reconciliation.

Canon Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation for Coventry Cathedral, presented the award welcoming Christian Aid as an official member of the network. 

Canon Sarah Hills said: 'We’re so pleased to have an organisation of the stature and operational scale of Christian Aid joining the Community of the Cross of Nails. The organisation is a prime and very global example of reconciliation in practice, seen through the tireless work they do to support the afflicted around the world.'

Peace building is at the heart of Christian Aid’s work, where the charity has worked in many conflict-affected countries and settings across the world. The organisation recognises violence as a driver of poverty, capable of wiping out years of development in the poorest countries.

As one of the world’s oldest religious-based centres for reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral has been involved in some of the world’s most difficult and long-standing areas of conflict.

Read more about Christian Aid’s work on conflict and peace.

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Photo: Rt Revd. Trevor Williams - Chair of the Christian Aid Ireland Board, pictured with Canon Sarah Hills, CCN.




For more information please contact:

Tess Purcell , Marketing and Communications Officer, 0353 (0) 87 6667808


Meabh Smith , Head of Communications, 0353 (0) 87 2068483


Notes to editors: 

  1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

  2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.

  3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

  4. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter: twitter.com/christianaidirl

  5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie


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