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Saint Thomas More
Feast day: June 22 (New), July 9 (Trad)
Patronage: adopted children, civil servants, court clerks, difficult marriages, large families, politicians, lawyers, and statesmen
St. Thomas More was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist. He was also a counselor to Henry VIII and Lord Chancellor from October 1529 to 16 May 1532. More opposed the Protestant Reformation, in particular, the theology of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. He also wrote Utopia, published in 1516, about the political system of an ideal and imaginary island nation. More opposed the King’s separation from the Catholic Church, refusing to accept him as Supreme Head of the Church of England, and what he saw as Henry’s bigamous marriage to Anne Boleyn. Tried for treason, More was convicted and beheaded.
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