St Thomas More statue for NSW Parliament Speaker's Garden

Later today, Cardinal George Pell will unveil a life-size bronze statue of St Thomas More in the Speaker's Garden at Parliament House in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney is donating the statue to the Parliament of New South Wales.

St Thomas More was an English writer, lawyer and politician who lived from 1478 to 1535.

He became Speaker of the House of Commons in 1523 and made the first known claim for a parliamentary privilege of free speech. He was tried and executed for treason in 1535 during the religious conflict that led to the Church of England breaking away from the Catholic Church.

He was canonised by the Church in 1935 and for many years has been regarded as the patron saint of lawyers. In 2000, the late Pope John Paul II declared St Thomas More the patron saint of statesman and politicians.

Unveiling of Saint Thomas More statue (Archdiocese of Sydney 7/6/06)

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NSW Parliament | The Hon. John Joseph AQUILINA MLA, Member for Riverstone

8 Jun 2006