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Georges Henri Pire

Pire, Georges Henri (zhôrzh äNrēˈ pēr) [key], 1910–69, Belgian priest. He entered a Dominican monastery at the age of 18 and was ordained in 1934. He taught moral philosophy and sociology and during World War II participated in the Belgian resistance movement. After the war he became deeply concerned with the plight of Europe's refugees and in 1949 established an organization, Aid to Displaced Persons, which did much to improve the living conditions and resettlement of refugees. Father Pire was awarded the 1958 Nobel Peace Prize.

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