"Pope Francis will accept next year's Charlemagne prize, a prominent annual German award for promoting European values, organisers said Wednesday.
The Argentine pontiff will receive the medal at a ceremony in Rome on a date still to be determined, the selection committee said in a statement.
It hailed the pope's moral leadership during Europe's biggest refugee influx since World War II and his appeal for urgent economic and social change in the EU.
'At a time in which many citizens of Europe are looking for orientation, Pope Francis sends a message of hope and encouragement,' it said.
The pope stands for 'peace and understanding, for mercy, tolerance, solidarity and the conservation of creation', the committee added."
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