By Bishop Martin Drennan
A few events that took place towards the end of the Jubilee Year (2000) make it clearer what the Pope really wants us to pray for in August 2001. In a letter on 31 October 2000, John Paul II proclaimed Saint Thomas More as the patron saint of statesmen and politicians.
In the course of a homily at a Jubilee Year Mass for members of parliaments and governments on 5 November 2000, the Pope said: ‘At the beginning of the new century and new millennium, those responsible for public life are being faced with demanding responsibilities. It is precisely with this in mind that I have wished to offer you the support of a special patron, the martyr Saint Thomas More.