Wednesday, October 06, 2004

A Habsburg Saint

The last emperor of Austria-Hungary, Karl I, was beatified last week. He is the first in a line of (what I would call) Euro-saints: symbols that the Vatican will use to convince EU constitution writers that Christianity has been critical to the making of Europe. (sorry, but I cannot judge his religious life.) Robert Schumann and de Gasperi are also candidates for beatification, and probably sainthood. John Paul II called Karl a friend of peace and the model of a Christian politician.



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