Tomas Halik, Roman Catholic priest, has pursued his spiritual mission of dialogue with other believers and non-believers. The Templeton Prize is one of the world's richest, worth more than the $1.2 million the Nobel Prize.
Though the image and teachings of the Dalai Lama are banned in Tibet, many Tibetans have been able to access information about him via the internet or illegal satellite dishes. The Chinese Communist Party announced it will increase online monitoring to prevent access to this content.
Tutu, the first black man to lead South Africa's Anglican church, also headed the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is a 'living model of the benefits of religion,' the Templeton Foundation said.