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Czech Catholic priest Tomas Halik wins $1.83 million Templeton Prize

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(Czech priest Tomas Halik smiles after being awarded the 2014 Templeton Prize in London March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris )

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.

Mar 13, 2014

Czech priest wins $1.83 million Templeton Prize

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

(Reuters) – 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.

Mar 11, 2014
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A year on, Pope Francis faces challenges meeting reform hopes

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(Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

In the year since his surprise election, Pope Francis has raised so many hopes of imminent changes in Church teaching that managing all those expectations is going to be a challenge.

Mar 11, 2014

Analysis – A year on, Pope Francis faces challenges meeting reform hopes

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

(Reuters) – In the year since his surprise election, Pope Francis has raised so many hopes of imminent changes in Church teaching that managing all those expectations is going to be a challenge.

The Argentine-born pontiff has caught world attention by suggesting he might ease the Catholic Church’s strict rules on divorce, birth control, married or women priests and gay unions.