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born Henri GROUES

French Catholic priest

Source :  Antoine DUMAS ,  Guy TERREL DES CHENES ,  Emmanuelle CART-TANNEURJérôme GALICHONYannick VOYEAUD

Born: on August 05, 1912 in Lyon, France
Died: on January 22, 2007 in France, Paris


L'Abbé Pierre was a French Catholic priest, member of the Resistance during World War II, and deputy of the Popular Republican Movement (MRP). He founded in 1949 the Emmaus movement, which has the goal of helping poor and homeless people and refugees.

Henri Grouès was born on 5 August 1912 in Lyon, France to a wealthy Catholic family of silk traders, the fifth of eight children. He spent his childhood in Irigny, near Lyon. He was twelve when he met François Chabbey and went for the first time with his father to an Order circle, the brotherhood of the "Hospitaliers veilleurs" in which the mainly middle-class members would serve the poor by providing barber services.

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