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Placide Tempels

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Placide Tempels (1906–1977) was a Belgian Roman Catholic missionary who helped Europeans understand that a traditional African worldview is both systematic and philosophical. Born near Hasselt, Belgium, on Feb. 18, 1906, Frans Tempels entered the order of the Franciscan Friars Minor in Tielt in 1924, taking the name Placide. He was ordained a priest in August 1930 and in 1933 went to what was then the Belgian Congo (later, the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

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