Italy: Merkel receives 'Lamp of Peace' award in Assisi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the «Lamp of Peace», a Catholic award for seeking peaceful coexistence of people, from Franciscan monks in Assisi on Saturday. Footage shows the German chancellor as she arrives to the Assisi Franciscan Basilica and accepts her award. She appeared to narrowly avoid a fall after she stepped away from the podium following her acceptance speech. The «Lamp... Еще of Peace» is a small replica of a lamp that burns near the grave of St. Francis of Assisi, and was first awarded to former Polish President Lech Walesa, also the co-founder of the Solidarity trade union, in 1981. Other winners include Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

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