Monday, May 19, 2008

Martin Sheen honored at Notre Dame

Notre Dame awarded Martin Sheen the school's Laetare Medal for his humanitarian work as a peace activist yesterday at the commencement ceremony. The annual award is conferred on a Catholic annually.

The award is Notre Dame's top honor and is given annually to a Catholic "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church, and enriched the heritage of humanity."

"While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive," Sheen told the crowd during commencement Sunday at Notre Dame.

[visual description: Sheen is shown at the podium, wearing dark blue and gold trimmed robes.]

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