Tomáš Halík is a Czech priest and philosopher. In March 2014, he was awarded the the Templeton Prize, the same prize which Brother Roger, the founder of Taizé community received in 1974. The following lines are taken from the Templeton Prize website :
« Condemned by his nation’s communist government as an “enemy of the regime” in 1972, Halík, 65, spent nearly two decades organizing and building an extensive secret network of academics, theologians, philosophers and students dedicated to cultivating the intellectual and spiritual underpinnings for the democratic state he and others envisioned. Those years of groundwork and counselling to liberation leaders such as Václav Havel and Cardinal František Tomášek helped Czechoslovakia transition to democracy following the “Velvet Revolution” of 1989. »
Professor Halík has been a longtime friend of Taizé, participating over the years in several European Meetings. He speaks here about his relationship to the community.