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article imageNotre Dame To Honour Martin Sheen

By KJ Mullins     Mar 2, 2008 in Entertainment
Martin Sheen was honored by the University of Notre Dame with its Laetare Medal for humanitarian work. The medal will be handed to the actor on May 18 during the school's commencement. Sheen's character on the show West Wing was a Notre Dame graduate.
The Laetare Medal has been awarded annually since 1883 to a Catholic "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity."
Others who have been honoured by the University include President John Kennedy, Us House Speaker Tip O'Neill Jr. and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr.
Sheen has used his status as an actor to promote peace. He has been arrested for taking part in nonviolent demonstrations against US military policies in the past. He donated money and his time to various causes including homelessness, human rights for migrant workers and environmental protection.
"He has used that celebrity to draw the attention of his fellow citizens to issues that cry out for redress, such as the plight of immigrant workers and homeless people, the waging of unjust war, the killing of the unborn and capital punishment,"President of Notre Dame Rev. John I. Jenkins said.
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