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Saint Thomas More

Memorial 22 June

Profile Studied at London and Oxford. Page for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lawyer. Twice married, father of one son and three daughters, and a devoted family man. Writer. Friend of King Henry VIII. Lord Chancellor of England, a position of power second only to the king. Opposed the king on the matter of royal divorce, and refused to swear the Oath of Supremacy which declared the king the head of the Church in England. Resigned the Chancellorship, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Martyred for his refusal to bend his religious beliefs to the king's political needs.

Born 1478 at London, England

Died beheaded in 1535 head kept in the Roper Vault, Saint Dunstan's church, Canterbury, England body at Saint Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, England

Canonized 1935 by Pope Pius XI

Patronage adopted children, Arlington, Virginia, diocese of, civil servants, court clerks, difficult marriages, large families, lawyers ,Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, diocese of, politicians ,politicos ,statesmen, step-parents, widowers

Representation English Lord Chancellor carrying a book, English Lord Chancellor carrying an axe

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