Meet 'Dr. Miracle': Pentecostal Pastor's Son Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege
Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege (REUTERS/Vincent Kessler)

You may have heard about the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded last week, but since the names weren't famous, you might not have realized that one of the recipients has a remarkable testimony of faith.

His name is Denis Mukwege. His nickname: "Dr. Miracle."

Mukwege is a Christian doctor in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo who has devoted his life to "end the use of sexual violence as a weapon on war," according to the Nobel committee.

Christianity Today reports he's a gynecologist who has treated tens of thousands of women in the past two decades. Many of those patients are the victims of gang rape by militants.

"The importance of Dr. Mukwege's enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war," the Nobel committee said Friday.

Mukwege is the son of a Pentecostal minister who found his calling to medicine after helping his father pray for the sick.

In a recent interview with NPR, the 63-year-old physician explained that his faith greatly influenced his holistic approach to caring for his patients.

"What I'm doing really is not only to treat women—their body—(but) also to fight for their own right, to bring them to be autonomous, and, of course, to support them psychologically," said Mukwege.

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