This prestigious award is given to scholars that have stood out for their scientific research in the theological field.

Premio RatzingerVatican City, Clementine Hall, 20th October 2012. The awarded scholars of the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Ratzinger Prize with Benedict XVI.

the awarded scholars


Manlio Simonetti (Rome, 1926). Full Professor of History of Christianity at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and professor of the Augustinian Patristic Institute of Rome.

Olegario González de Cardedal (Lastra del Cano – Ávila, 1934). Ordained priest in 1959, he is Full Professor of Dogmatic Theology and director of the department “Domingo de Soto” at the Pontifical University of Salamanca.

Maximilian Heim (Kronach – Bavaria, 1961). Cistercian priest from 1988, he is abbot of the monastery of Heiligenkreuz and Full Professor of Fundamental Theology and Dogmatics (Ecclesiology) at the University of Heiligenkreuz.


Rémi Brague (Paris, 1947). Full Professor of Medieval and Arab Philosophy at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne and Professor of Philosophy of European Religions at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.

Brian E. Daley (Orange – New Jersey, 1940). Jesuit priest from 1970, he is professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA).


Richard A. Burridge (1955). Ordained priest of the Anglican Church in 1986, he is the dean of the King’s College of London, where he is also professor of Biblical Interpretation.

Christian Schaller (Munich of Bavaria, 1967). Deputy director of the Institut Papst Benedikt XVI of Regensburg, he is in charge of the publication of the Opera Omnia by Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI.


Anne-Marie Pelletier (Paris, 1946). Professor of Sacred Scriptures and Biblical hermeneutics at the Notre Dame Faculty of the Seminar of Paris.

Waldemar Chrostowski (Chrostowo, 1951). Ordained priest in 1976, he is professor of Exegesis of the Old Testament and of Theology at the Theology Faculty of the Academy of Warsaw, today Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University. He is the head of the Association of Polish Biblicists and is engaged in Catholic-Jewish and Polish-Jewish dialogue.


Mario de França Miranda (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1936). Jesuit priest, full professor of Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He was member of the International Theology Commission.

Nabilel-Khoury (Mtaile – Chouf, Lebanon, 1941). Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the Université Libanaise of Beirut and the University of Tubingen. He translated the Joseph Ratzinger’s Opera Omnia in Arabic.


Inos Biffi (Lomagna, 1934). Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology and History of Medieval Theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy and at the Theological Faculty of Lugano.

Ioannis Kourempeles (Athens, 1965). Professor of History of Dogmas and Dogmatic and Symbolic Theology at the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Theodor Dieter (Neubulach, Germany, 1951). German Lutheran theologian. Professor (from 1994) and Director (from 1997) of the Institute for Ecumenical Research of Strasbourg.

Karl-Heinz Menke (Fürstenau, Germany, 1950). German theologian and Catholic priest. Emeritus Professor of Dogmatics and Theological Propaedeutics at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn.

Arvo Pärt (Paide, Estonia, 1935). Orthodox Christian, music composer, he is devoted to sacred music and well known in the international context.


Marianne Schlosser (Donauwörth, Bavaria, 1959). Full professor of Theology of spirituality at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Vienna. She is a member of the International Theological Commission.

Mario Botta (Mendrisio, Switzerland, 1943). He is an internationally renowned architect. He has built valuable sacred buildings for the prayers of the Christian Assembly.