An architect of European unity moves ahead on sainthood path
By FRANCES D'EMILIO
June 19, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) Robert Schuman, a French statesman who paved the way for the bloc that eventually evolved into European Union, has moved ahead on the Catholic churchs path toward possible sainthood.
The Vatican said Pope Francis on Saturday approved a decree declaring the heroic virtues? of Schuman, a former prime minister, finance minister and foreign minister for France after World War II. In 1950, as foreign minister, he developed a plan to promote European economic unity in hopes of furthering peace.
Schuman died in 1963 after serving as the first president of the forerunner of the European Parliament.
The popes decision means Schuman can be called venerable by the Catholic faithful. It is one of several steps in a usually long process that can result in sainthood.
The European Commission website describes Schuman as one of the founding fathers of European unity,? hailing him as the architect of the project of European integration.
Read more: https://apnews.com/article/europe-sainthood-business-religion-government-and-politics-f37b84afccec3d2c65eaa8eec4164d6a
"No one who presents himself (at the altar) should be denied communion," said Father.
He went on to recount a story, as how a parishioner felt another parishioner should be denied communion, "because she's been married a few times."
The response: "If Jesus doesn't want her to receive the Eucharist, then let him stop her."