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ST. THOMAS MORE, PATRON OF POLITICIANS?

John Paul II Might Propose His Example on Nov. 5

VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT.org).-- Politicians might soon have a patron. The proclamation would
be made in Rome on Nov. 5, the Jubilee of Rulers and Parliamentarians. Marco Tosatti, expert in
Vatican affairs for the Italian newspaper La Stampa, was the first to reveal the news in a newspaper
supplement this week. Who would be named the saint to watch over the life and work of
politicians? All proposals in Rome point to one single person: England's Sir Thomas More. More
was born in 1477. Married and a father, he became chancellor of the kingdom. A highly cultured
man with a fine sense of humor, he was a friend of Erasmus and close companion of King Henry
VIII. However, together with Bishop John Fisher of York, he opposed Henry VIII on the question
of annulment of his marriage. Unable to take the Oath of Supremacy, which made the king head of
the Church in England, Thomas More resigned his office. He was later imprisoned in the Tower of
London. Despite pressure from his friends to take the oath, More insisted he could not reconcile
such a decision with his conscience. When his wife urged him to take the oath for the good of their
household, More replied: How many years do you think I could live at home? "At least 20, because
you are not old," she answered. "Very bad business, because you want me to exchange 20 years
for all eternity," he said to her. Thomas More was decapitated on July 6, 1535, a few days after
Bishop Fisher's execution. Canonized in 1935, according to the "experts'" rumors, John Paul II
might propose him as model to the more than 5,000 politicians of the world who will celebrate their
special Jubilee in Rome from Nov. 4-5.

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