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Acton Institute, April 26: Guatemala City, Guatemala — Guatemala's prestigious Universidad Francisco Marroquin will award Acton Institute president Rev. Robert A. Sirico an honorary doctorate in Social Science on Saturday, May 5th during the University's spring commencement ceremony. Host of the internationally acclaimed Freedom Project and Ludwig Von Mises library, the Universidad Francisco Marroquin is an internationally-respected institution, located on forty wooded acres in the heart of Guatemala City.

"I am deeply humbled to receive this honor. The Universidad Francisco Marroquin is a recognized leader in teaching the fundamentals of freedom, and I look forward to years of continued partnership," Rev. Sirico said.

Founded in 1971 to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal, and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons, the Universidad occupies a unique niche among Latin American institutions of higher learning.

The ceremony will take place on the first leg of an extensive two-week tour of Latin America by Acton Institute staff. The Acton Institute will host meetings and participate in conferences in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, and Peru in an effort to build upon the Institute's well-established presence in Latin America.

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With its commitment to pursue a society that is free and virtuous, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a leading voice in the national environmental and social policy debate. The Acton Institute is uniquely positioned to comment on the sound economic and moral foundations necessary to sustain humane environmental and social policies.

The Acton Institute is a nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Institute works internationally to "promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles."

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