In 1964, philosopher and theologian Jean Vanier invited two men with intellectual disabilities to leave their institutions and come and live with him in a house in a village in France. This was the beginning of the L'Arche, a federation of communities for people with intellectual disabilities spanning 148 countries.

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The 86 year old says he will use the $1.7 million CND prize to help some of the poorer communities in the network probably in Bangledesh. The Templeton Prize is awarded by the Templeton Foundation to a person who has made an "excellent contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension."

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