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Sts Thomas More & John Fisher


St. Thomas More was born in London and educated at Oxford University. He was named Chancellor to Henry VIII, succeeding Cardinal Wolsey. More refused to recognize the King's divorce and resigned his position as Chancellor. His later refusal to recognize Henry VIII's spiritual supremacy led to imprisonment in the Tower of London and trial at Westminster Hall on a charge of treason. Convicted on perjured testimony, Thomas More was beheaded on July 6, 1535. He was canonised in 1935 by Pope Pius XI.
In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II declared him to be "the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians".
Historic Meeting at Westminster Hall

St. John Fisher was born in Yorkshire, England. He was ordained a priest at the age of 25. He combated Protestant heresies, especially the theses proposed by Martin Luther. He was ordained bishop of Rochester at age 35, while remaining Chancellor at Cambridge. He was imprisoned in the tower by Henry VIII for refusing to pledge his loyalty to him after Henry VIII had married Anne Boleyn. Pope Paul III elevated St. John Fisher to Cardinal while he was imprisoned. He was beheaded in 1535.