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Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia receives Pope Francis Award for Charity and Leadership

Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia received the Pope Francis Award for Charity and Leadership from “Caritas in Veritate International” on Saturday in Washington D.C.

Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade


Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine were special guests at the “Caritas in Veritate International” award ceremony where she was awarded the prize for her work helping people in Serbia no matter their backgrounds over the past 25 years.

Her Royal Highness’s work was through the work of Princess Katherine Foundation in Belgrade; additionally, her work with her patronage Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, with locations in London, New York, Chicago, Toronto and Athens, were also cited as reasons she was presented with the Pope Francis Award in the United States over the weekend.

Vera Matkovic, Crown Prince Alexander, the Right Reverend Irinej, Crown Princess Katherine and Djerdj Matkovic. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade

Their Royal Highnesses were joined by fellow Serbians at the awards ceremony: The Bishop of Serbian Orthodox Church Eastern America Diocese, the Right Reverend Irinej; the Royal Adjutant and member of the Privy Council, Branko Terzic and his wife, Judy; and Serbian Ambassador to the United States, Djerdj Matkovic and his wife, Vera.

Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade

After accepting the award, Her Royal Highness told the audience, “I would like to thank Caritas in Veritate International and Mr Henry Cappello, President and Executive Director, for the honour and for recognising the great work and commitment of my foundation. Since its establishment, my husband and I have done everything in our power to help Serbia and people regardless of religion or ethnic origin, we have achieved a lot, and this recognition confirms it.

“I am particularly proud of the last few months of my foundation’s work since the total value of medical equipment donations has reached over $ 1,730,000. We are continuing our efforts and our mission because helping people, and humanitarian work for me and my family are the meaning of life.”

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