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Rome Diocese opens process to canonise priest-politician

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, papal vicar of Rome, May 3 formally opened the diocesan phase of the process to canonise Father Luigi Sturzo, founder of the Italian Popular Party.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, Cardinal Ruini went to pains to explain that Fr Sturzo always was a priest first and foremost, and that he always was granted a papal exemption from canon law each time he took up a political office. Partisan politics is prohibited by canon law.

The potential saint was born in southern Italy in 1871 and died in Rome in 1959. The 88 years of his life included the end of the papal states, the unification of Italy, the beginnings of the modern workers' movements, the birth of Christian Democrat parties in Europe, the First and Second World Wars, fascism, the fall of the Italian monarchy and the advent of democracy, Cardinal Ruini said.

Luigi Sturzo: A prophet for today (Homiletic and Pastoral Review)
Diocese of Rome


6 May 2002