On January 24, 2010, in the framework of his 50th episcopal anniversary, Don Samuel Ruiz García, Bishop Emeritus of San Cristóbal, presented the “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” honor to the Diocesan Women’s Coordination (Codimuj, Coordinadora Diocesana de Mujeres), the Abejas Civil Society of Acteal (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas), the Mayan Indian Ecumenical Theology (Teología India Ecuménica Mayense) and to professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, a detainee at the San Cristóbal prison and a member of Voz del Amate.
The co-presenters of the prize include the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center, the Commission of Support for Community Unity and Reconciliation (CORECO, Comisión de Apoyo a la Unidad y Reconciliación Comunitaria), Social Economic Development of Indigenous Mexicans (DESMI, Desarollo Económico Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas), the Institute of Intercultural Studies and Research (INESIN, Instituto de Estudios e Investigación Intercultural), Services and Consultancy for Peace (Serapaz, Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz), International Christian Solidarity Service with the Peoples of Latin America (SICSAL, Servicio Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con los pueblos de América Latina) and the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ, Servicio Internacional para la Paz).
The press release for the event explains the atmosphere of the proceedings:
“On October 10, 1999, in Amatenango del Valle, the members of the Mayan Indian Theology bestowed on Don Samuel Ruiz Garcia the charge of Canan Lum and named him jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum. jCanan Lum is the protector of the community, he who loves and defends the people, protector of life, land and nature. It is the recognition of a life of service dedicated to the well being of others.
jTatic Samuel has recognized that his service and the achievements made are the result of the historic process carried out by the people and communities that are the subjects of their own historic trajectory and are seeking their own liberation. The recognition that he has received is, in reality, deserved by those who are immersed in these processes and jTatic Samuel has made that clear on several occasions.
Motivated by the jubilee celebration of jTatic Samuel, the group of civil organization that are were founded, inspired or work closely with the episcopal system that the Bishop Emeritus has carried out over the last 50 years, consider it appropriate to recognize the individuals and collectives who have made themselves subjects of their own history, who have struggled for the liberation of their people, who through daily commitment and community service love, protect and defend their people.”
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