Sir Thomas More Proclaimed Patron Saint of Politicians

As part of Holy Year ceremonies in November 2000 for worldwide parliamentarians and government officials, Pope John Paul II proclaimed on Sir Thomas More as patron saint of politicians. A former Italian president, Francesco Cossiga, and a member of the British House of Lords, Lord David Alton, attended the Vatican news conference on Thursday 2 November.

Sir Thomas More was Chancellor of England when the King wished to divorse Katherine of Aragon. He opposed the divorce and also refused to subscribe to the Act of Supremacy, which impugned the Pope's authority and made Henry the head of the English church. This defiance cost him his liberty and his life, for he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and beheaded in 1535. Sir Thomas More was canonized in 1935.

Tyndalian scholars may like to note that the original headline for this piece was: 'Martyr Proclaimed Patron Saint of Politicians'.

Anglo American Press Gleanings from Neil Langdon Inglis,
selected and compiled by Joan Wilson

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