The founding father of the EU is moving a step closer to the declaration of the HOLY: According to Vatican officials, Robert Schuman’s “heroic virtues” could be recognized by the Pope this summer
- Robert Schuman, twice Prime Minister of France, is known as the “Father of Europe”.
- He helped build deep economic ties between nations after World War II
- Pope Francis was able to recognize these “heroic virtues” as early as June
- Key phase to holiness which still requires the attribution of two miracles
A founding father of the European Union has taken another step closer to the saint.
Robert Schuman, known as the “Father of Europe”, was instrumental in building close economic ties across the continent after World War II.
Pope Francis was able to recognize the former French Prime Minister for these “heroic virtues” as early as June, as a high-ranking representative of the Vatican announced today.
This realization that he lived a holy life is an important step towards beatification, although it requires the attribution of a miracle.
Robert Schuman, known as the “Father of Europe”, was instrumental in building close economic ties across the continent after the Second World War (Photo: Schuman reads his letter of resignation to journalists on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris in 1948, left) and entering the Elysee Palace to resign President Vincent Auriol on the same day)
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, along with French Finance Minister Robert Schuman, gave his famous V for Victory sign in the French city of Metz on July 14, 1946 to take part in the Bastille Day celebrations
A second miracle, confirmed by the Vatican, is required before he can become a saint.
Schuman, a Christian Democrat, was France’s foreign minister when he unveiled proposals for an economic union between former enemies France and West Germany in 1950, five years after the end of World War II.
This became the basis of today’s European Union.
The process of elevating Schuman to holiness began more than 30 years ago and was initiated by the diocese of Metz, where Schuman died in 1963.
The politician’s uprising may surprise some, but Father Bernard Ardura, who is responsible for the French canonizations in Rome, defended his candidacy.
“Schuman dedicated his life to the common good, striving for peace and reconciliation with Germany in order to create a community of European states,” Ardura told AFP.
“Schuman’s work was to end the infernal cycle of war, humiliating defeat, desire for vengeance and more war” that began when France was defeated by the Prussians in 1870.
“It was the work of a Christian who serves as an example,” although Schuman “remained very discreet about his personal life and beliefs,” added Ardura.
Schuman during the Third General Assembly of the United Nations at the Chaillot Palace in Paris in 1951
Schuman made a statement during the inauguration ceremony of the third United Nations General Assembly in Paris in 1951
The Popes have had the idea of a European project since Pius XII. – supported the Pope during World War II – while criticizing his secularism.
At his first general audience in St. Peter’s Square in 2005, the German Pope Benedict XVI. The Christian roots of Europe emerge.
The previous year, the Vatican regretted the lack of an explicit reference to the Christian history of the EU in the draft European constitution, which was dropped after the referendum was rejected in France and the Netherlands.
The Argentine Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope in history and the son of Italian immigrants, prefers to emphasize Europe’s multicultural identity and advocate the rights of migrants.