was made on April 20, in the Royal Castle in Warsaw, by the Polish
Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Kazimierz Ujazdowski.
In a letter to
Weigel announcing the award, Minister Ujazdowski cited the author’s
"monumental" biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, as well
as his contributions to "promoting the concept of democracy based on
universal moral values rooted in Christianity."
George Weigel is only the second non-Pole to receive this distinction from the Government of Poland.
Weigel, Pope John Paul II’s biographer, will receive the Gloria Artis
Gold Medal--Poland's highest honor--in recognition of contributions to
Polish and world culture.