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A Catholic priest who received the Nobel Peace Prize

A Catholic priest who received the Nobel Peace Prize

Particularly important was the role of Reverend Dominique Pire after the Second World War, when he was helping refugees, of which there were many in Europe at that time.

An interesting Catholic monk named Dominique Pire has died today. He was a member of the famous Dominican Order, and by nationality he was Belgian. During World War II, he was the chaplain of the Belgian resistance movement, which fought against the Nazi occupiers.

Particularly important was the role of Reverend Dominique Pire after the Second World War, when he was helping refugees, of which there were many in Europe at that time. He encouraged the construction of a number of refugee settlements in Germany and Austria, and aided their financial situation by building a sponsorship system. Namely, humane well-to-do people have become sponsors of financially disadvantaged refugee families.

For his hard work, Dominique Pire received the 1958 Nobel Peace Prize. He also dedicated himself to the establishment of the University of Peace (franc. Université de Paix) to promote peacekeeping and conflict prevention. He also founded the Organization of the Isles of Peace (French Iles de Paix) to assist the development of the poorer parts of the country (Burkina Faso, Peru, Benin, Mali, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guinea-Bissau). He died to this day in the Belgian city of Leuven.

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