Every year, on June the 8th, we celebrate our Patron's
festive, St Jadwiga's day. This year we have also celebrated
the 5th anniversary of establishment of the Queen Jadwiga
Foundation. On this occasion a new award was founded, so called
'Queen Jadwiga's Pearl'. This award is being
granted to the politician who comes from the scientific background and whose political
activities are rooted in Christian values. This year 'Queen Jadwiga's
Italian Consulate in Melbourne
- representatives from the Queen Jadwiga
Foundation, Director of the Foundation Dr Zbigniew Les and Ms Magdalena Les
present the award "Queen Jadwiga's
Rocco Buttiglione's defense of Christian values during his contentious confirmation hearings before the European Commission is to be an example that should be followed by all Catholic politicians. While weathering a firestorm of criticism Mr. Buttiglione maintained his steadfast support of equality before the law and the equal dignity of every individual and stood fast against the attacks of radical liberals, communists and greens, that denies all public manifestation of religion. In addition to his political and public life Professor Buttiglione's intellectual achievements in the areas of theology, philosophy, and social ethics are consistently contributing to the moral debate in the USA as well as Europe. With his numerous publications in several languages, as well as his distinguished teaching career, Minister Buttiglione has facilitated and fostered genuine progress in thought about the relationship between human freedom, religious faith, and the free and virtuous society.
The discrimination of the Catholics has many different aspects. In Australia one of the most important issues is the lack of representatives of Catholics in Australian Parliament and Australian Government. When in Australia Catholics will have representatives in Parliament?
The Queen Jadwiga Foundation
P.O. Box 654, Toorak, VIC 3142, Australia