|Birth Day:||February 10, 1910|
|Death Date:||January 30, 1969(1969-01-30) (aged 58)
|Birth Place:||Dinant, Belgian|
As per our current Database, Dominique Pire died on January 30, 1969(1969-01-30) (aged 58)
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At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 Pire's family fled from Belgium to France in a boat to escape advancing German troops. After the armistice of 1918 the family was able to return to Dinant, which had been reduced to ruins.
Pire studied Classics and Philosophy at the Collège de Bellevue and at the age of eighteen entered the Dominican priory of La Sarte in Huy. He took his final vows on 23 September 1932, adopting the name Dominique, after the Order's founder. He then studied theology and social science at the Pontifical International Institute Angelicum, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome, where he obtained his doctorate in theology in 1936 with a thesis entitled L’Apatheia ou insensibilité irréalisable et destructrice (Apatheia or unrealisable and destructive insensitivity). He then returned to the Studium of La Sarte where he taught sociology.
In 1949, he began studying issues relating to postwar refugees (Displaced Persons [DP]) and wrote a book about them, entitled Du Rhin au Danube avec 60,000 D. P.. He founded an organisation to help them. The organisation established sponsorships for refugee families, and during the 1950s built a number of villages in Austria and Germany to help house many refugees. Although a Dominican friar, Dominique Pire always refused to mix his personal faith with his commitments on behalf of the disadvantaged, a decision that was not always understood by his religious superiors.
He died at Louvain Roman Catholic Hospital on 30 January 1969 from complications following surgery.
More than 30 years after his death, the four organizations he founded are still active. In 2008 a program was established in honour of his work at the Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.
Currently, Dominique Pire is 112 years, 4 months and 15 days old. Dominique Pire will celebrate 113th birthday on a Friday 10th of February 2023.
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