|Vatican||THOMAS MORE TO BE DECLARED PATRON SAINT OF POLITICIANS|
On 5 November, Pope John Paul II will propose St Thomas More as "a model and intercessor for all those who consider their political commitment as a choice of life". |
The campaign to bestow the honour on the statesman who was martyred after refusing to accept Henry VIII as head of the English Church, was led by Francesco Cossiga, Italian president from 1985 to 1992. Thomas More, chancellor of England from 1529 to 1532, was cited for the "shining example offered by the great English statesman".
The ceremony recognising this will be the centrepiece of a global gathering of politicians which will mark the culmination of a pilgrimage from the Holy Land to Rome.
The campaign to honour him has been backed by British Liberal Democrat peer Lord Alton, who has no doubts that St Thomas More is an appropriate role model. He said: "Sometimes we don't recognise the treasures that we have."
The former Tory minister John Gummer, once a member of the Church of England Synod and now a Catholic, welcomed a patron saint for politicians. "I can't think of any section of the community that needs one more."
|29 Sep 00|