Honorary Membership Award to Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ
Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ has been awarded Honorary Member status in International Catholic Union of the Press (UCIP) in a glittering Award Function, held in SIAO Hotel at Ouagadougou on September 16, 2010. The Solemn Award function was held on the occasion of 23rd World Congress of the UCIP. The Membership citation says that “Varghese Paul SJ, India has been made Member of Honour by the General Assembly held at Moscow, Russia on June 23, 2006 for active presence in the world union, for organization and participation in its activities world wide, for continuous and inspiriting initiatives for the well-begin of journalist and other media professionals worldwide.”
Fr. Varghese Paul joined UCIP 1979 as then Executive Director and Chief Editor of South Asian Religious UCIP World Congress at Rome in 1980. In the Congress Fr. Paul was elected a Council Member of UCIP. Ever since Fr. Paul has been UCIP Council Member for 24 Years and has attended 10 UCIP World Congresses held in various parts of the world.
Membership of Honour was also bestowed on the Former President of UCIP, Ismar de Oliveira Soares of Brazil and a long time associate of UCIP, Mrs. Kazembe Joyce Laetitia of Zimbabwe during the special Award Funtion.
(The Examiner, Mumbai, September 25, 2010)