Pope Francis has signed a decree recognizing the “heroic virtues” of French politician Robert Schuman, who is one of the founders of what is now the European Union. The Schuman, who died in 1963, gets the status of “venerable.” In the end, he can be canonized, a process that can take decades to come.
Together with other major statesmen such as Konrad Adenauer (Germany), Jean Monnet (France) and Alcide de Gasperi (Italy), Schuman laid the foundation for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in the 1950s, which is considered an early predecessor to the EU.
The idea was that international economic cooperation and promoting democracy would prevent European countries from waging devastating wars again. This cooperation would go further over time and become increasingly governmental in nature. The ECSCs successor, the European Economic Community, transformed into the EU in 1993.
Healing of a Sick
Schuman was a devutated Catholic and his efforts to counter new wars in Europe had already given him credit from previous popes. The Pope is the only one who can declare a holy person.
To the extent, it must be noted that Schuman has done at least one miracle. He can be declared blessed. If another miracle is attributed to him and the Pope officially approves his worship by the church, he will only become sacred. A miracle in the context of canonization is often the cure of a sick person who is not medically explained.