Tomáš Halík is a professor at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University, the President of the Czech Christian Academy, and the rector of St. Salvator Church. During the communist regime, he was involved in religious and cultural dissent. After 1989, he embarked on lecture tours and study trips to all continents and served as a visiting professor at universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. Pope John Paul II appointed him as an advisor to the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers, and Pope Benedict XVI granted him the title of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and various other institutions. He has received numerous literary and other awards both at home and abroad, including the honorary title “Man of Reconciliation” for his contributions to Christian-Jewish dialogue and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland. In 2014, his lifelong work was recognized with the Templeton Prize, and in 2016, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford.

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