Tomáš Halík has won this year's Templeton Prize on March 13.

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Prof. Tomáš Halík (born June 1st, 1948 in Prague) is a Czech leading public intellectual, philosopher, sociologist and priest. Tomáš Halík studied sociology, philosophy, and psychology and graduated with a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy at Charles University in Prague. During the Communist period he was banned from university teaching and persecuted by the secret police as “an enemy of the regime.” At the time when the churches were severely persecuted, he studied theology secretly and was secretly ordained into the Catholic priesthood in Erfurt, in 1978; not even his mother was allowed to know he was a ...