Pope Benedict XVI Awards Swedish War Nurse For Great Humanitarian Efforts

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Pompano Beach, Florida - (mmd-news) - - Karin Wiking, a former nurse who served in the Swedish Red Cross in the 1940's, was awarded the High Cross Medal and Order by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on December 7, 2005.  The medal (a four-pointed cross stamped in 18K gold) and order, instituted by Pope Leo XIII on July 17,1880, is bestowed by the Pope annually to individuals who have performed outstanding services to the Catholic Church and the Papacy.      

Pompano Beach, Florida - (mmd-news) - - Karin Wiking, a former nurse who served in the Swedish Red Cross in the 1940's, was awarded the High Cross Medal and Order by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on December 7, 2005.  The medal (a four-pointed cross stamped in 18K gold) and order, instituted by Pope Leo XIII on July 17,1880, is bestowed by the Pope annually to individuals who have performed outstanding services to the Catholic Church and the Papacy.      

Karin Wiking, 85, who currently serves as the Nordic Representative for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, headquartered in India, is one of two Swedes to receive this medal under the new Pope.  Ms. Wiking has been a volunteer for the Catholic Missionaries of Charity since 1976, with special responsibility for the sick and suffering.  Since 1984, she has been an active volunteer for Caritas, a Swedish Catholic Charity, devoted to helping the helpless around the world. Notably, Pompano Beach resident Lois Lindstrom recently co-wrote a book about Ms. Wiking’s life. 

Several years ago, while living in Sweden, Ms. Lindstrom, a freelance journalist, met Karin Wking at St. Eugenia’s Catholic Church in Stockholm and quickly realized that Ms. Wiking had an important story to tell….a story of hardship, war and danger, betrayal, history and faith.  Over several months, Ms. Lindstrom exclusively interviewed Karin Wiking to co-write a fascinating autobiography of Ms. Wiking’s unique and productive life. 

The book, entitled Memoirs of a Swedish War Nurse:  A Life of Adventure, A Journey to Spirituality (GooseRiver Press) was published in 2002.  For more information, contact Ms. Lindstrom at www.loislindstrom.com

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