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On Oct. 29, Pax Christi International, hosting its annual award ceremony in Rome for the first time, will recognize Zodevite for its nonviolent campaigns against fracking in southern Mexico.
The pope continued his series of strong statements during his Mexico trip, saying the country's native peoples had been "misunderstood and excluded" from society.
The indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico, hope that Pope Francis' trip will revive dreams of social justice represented to many here by the Zapatista movement of the mid-1990s.
The pope will seek to bring hope to a country suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits Feb. 12-17.