About this blog: Discussing religion, spirituality and values. About the writers: Amy Umble is the religion reporter for The Free Lance-Star. Janet Marshall is the religion editor for The Free Lance-Star.
All Saints’ Day
- The first criteria is that the person was a Catholic and dead–usually for about five years, though the pope can waive this requirement in special cases, for example Mother Theresa and Pope John Paul II.
- A potential saint must have lived a life of “heroic virtue.”
- And have a devoted following
- Pass an investigation by a bishop and a postulator.
- And an investigation by the Vatican.
- After that, two miracles must be performed that can be attributed to this person.
- And then they can be canonized.
So sainthood isn’t an easy journey, despite the fact that there seem to be so many of them. There are patron saints for just about everything, including journalists. That saint is Francis De Sales, if you’re curious. Look up other patron saints here.