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Czech priest Tomas Halik speaks during a news conference after being awarded the 2014 Templeton Prize in London Thursday. (Reuters)

Priest wins $1.83 million prize: Templeton Prize awarded for affirming the spiritual dimension of life

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 A Czech Catholic priest whose theology of paradox invites believers and atheists to dialogue has won the 2014 Templeton Prize, worth $1.83 million, for his work affirming the spiritual dimension of life.

Tomas Halik, who worked underground to promote democracy and morality before communism fell in Czechoslovakia in 1989, has “continuously opened vistas that advance humankind,” the U.S.-based John Templeton Foundation said on Thursday in announcing the prize.

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