Robert Schuman, one of many European Union’s founding fathers, has taken step in direction of turning into a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, in line with a decree printed by the Vatican on Saturday.
The Vatican stated that Pope Francis had acknowledged the “heroic virtues” of Schuman, a Luxembourg-born French citizen born in 1886 and a religious Catholic.
The promulgation of the decree represents step one within the Catholic Church’s lengthy path in direction of sanctification, and grants Schuman the title of “venerable.”
Schuman, described within the decree as a “devoted layman,” performed a key position in reconstructing post-war Europe, and together with different political leaders like Jean Monnet, had an instrumental position in organising the present EU establishments.
He served as the primary president of the European Parliament, the place a traineeship program named after him attracts in scores of candidates every year from throughout the bloc. He died in 1963, aged 77.
In an effort to proceed on his path in direction of sainthood, Schuman must have two miracles attributed to him, in line with the BBC.
The Vatican decree additionally acknowledged the heroic virtues and miracles of different women and men, together with 10 nuns killed by Soviet troops in Poland on the finish of World Struggle II.