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All Saints’ Day

Today is All Saint’s Day, and I figured it was a good time to learn a little bit about the canonization process. Here are the basic steps:

  • 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.



    Self-serving comment and reply – you can also find a lot of saints information here – ;-)