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A holy person of God, depending on the tradition can refer to"the communion of saints" (I.e. All believers) or be restricted only to those who have undergone a formal review, beatification, and proof of a miracle after their death

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The cult of Saints

Apart from Catholicism (and, in the past, Anglo-Saxon Christianity), are there any other confessions that allow or encourage the cult of Saints? Can it be considered as a sort of paganism?
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When is the resurrection of Old Testament saints (from Moses to John the baptist)?

When is the resurrection of Old Testament saints (from Moses to John the baptist)?
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Where did St. Catherine of Siena say: “Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”?

Where did St. Catherine of Siena say: “Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”? quoted in this article
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An Original Source Containing the Sermon of St. Leonard of Port Maurice: The Little Number of Those Who are Saved

This rather famous homily of the eighteenth century Franciscan is rather easy to come by on the internet; for example, see https://www.saintsbooks.net/books/St.%20Leonard%20of%20Port%20Maurice%20-%...
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Are there any examples of married, male, non-martyred (white crown), non-royal, canonized Catholic Saints excluding Saint Joseph?

Are there any examples of married, male, non-martyred (white crown), non-royal, canonized Catholic Saints excluding Saint Joseph? I can't think of a single one! The question may seem to impose ...
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Did St. Faustina Kowalska ever comment on Jesus' hair and eye colour?

St. Faustina Kowalska had a vision of Jesus, which He instructed her to have made into a painting, which she then did by supervising a painter. Sister Faustina was a young, uneducated nun in a ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever canonized a trans-gender person with the full knowledge of his/her true gender identity?

We read in Mtt 19:12: For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the ...
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Why are Catholic Churches named after saints?

I'm curious why all the Catholic churches (with the exception of the ones named sacred/immaculate heart) are named after Saints. Why is this?
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Is the Dog-Headed icon of Saint Christopher canon in the Orthodox Church?

I have seen icons of St. Christopher (Αγιος Χριστοφορος) with a Dog-Head and wanting to know officially if somewhere the Orthodox they see this as canon. It's something that has come up multiple times ...
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How did Hubertus became patron saint of mathematicians?

I found this website that claims that Hubertus is a the patron saint of mathematicians, among a whole hosts of other things. I can't seem to find any other information on this aspect of him. Does ...
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On the Papal Approbation of Gregory XVI Regarding the Writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori

I have extracted the following from https://www.goodcatholicbooks.org/alphonsus/alphonsus-facts.html (Papal approval) ``No ecclesiastical writer has ever received more direct, positive and formal ...
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How common are manifestations of charismatic gifts among saints venerated in Orthodox and/or Catholic Churches?

My question is inspired by Saint Macarius of Egypt (c. 300 – 391) , venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Church. Traditions about him affirm that ...
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What is the Cessationist view on miracle reports surrounding St. Macarius of Egypt?

Macarius of Egypt: Macarius of Egypt (c. 300 – 391) was a Coptic Christian monk and hermit. He is also known as Macarius the Elder or Macarius the Great. St. Macarius was born in Lower Egypt. A late ...
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Author of the "Imperfect Work" and Where to Find a Copy of It

In the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori, e.g., Dignity and Duties of the Priest, he often makes mention of the author of the "Imperfect Work" without saying who this author is. I suspect ...
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What do the Saints say about "Talking about your self"?

I would very much like to become more humble, but I think that starts with humble speech and conduct (what comes out of me is "unhumbling me"). My wife read something yesterday that made me ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach a specific way to pray to the saints?

When I pray to the saints, does the Church have a specific teaching on how I should do it? Word choice, syntax, ect? Do I pray to Patron saints for specific things related to their patronage?
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What is an overview of Christian beliefs on the current state and location of Old Testament saints?

Where and how are the Old Testament saints right now? Here are some possibilities (not exhaustive by any means): They are temporarily in a state of non-existence. They do exist (where?), but are ...
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When did the Catholic definition of saint change and how is the change applied in personal study?

The current Roman Catholic definition of saint appears to be something like the following: Most people use the word “saint” to refer to someone who is exceptionally good or “holy.” In the Catholic ...
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Cyprian of Carthage manuscript and authentication help

Do we have dated manuscripts and authentication that Cyprian of Carthage wrote de ecclesiae catholicae unitate? I've been looking around the internet and can't find any authentication, aside from it ...
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Where does St. Bernard say "A long period of chastity is a second virginity.”?

Fr. Ludovic-Marie Barrielle, Do I Have a Vocation?, ch. 5, claims: “A long period of chastity” says Saint Bernard, “is a second virginity.” Where does St. Bernard say this?
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What miracles were reported during the transferral of St. Monica's relics to Rome?

St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, died at Ostia in 387. Her relics are now held in the Basilica of St. Augustine (mother church of the Order of Saint Augustine); they and the sepulchre that ...
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Where does St. Bernard say persons of opposite sex contemplating each other without sinful desires arising in them is greater than a resurrection?

St. Francis Xavier Lasance, The Catholic Girl's Guide p. 263: Remember also that maidens who boldly fix their gaze upon persons of the opposite sex, doing this, not from mere curiosity, but with some ...
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Identifying Saints in Icon

Could anyone help identify the two Saints pictured in this icon? I believe they're pictured standing beneath the Image of Edessa. Also, if anyone has any sense of the date, I would greatly appreciate ...
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How common are apparitions of Mary and/or other Saints amongst non-Catholics?

How common are apparitions of Mary and/or other Saints amongst non-Catholics? There are many testimonies about these sorts of apparitions published on the web, but people who report these experiences ...
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Who was St. Jane of Chantal's first spiritual director?

Before St. Jane de Chantal met St. Francis de Sales, she had a very strict spiritual director, a priest at the nearby shrine of the Black Virgin at Notre-Dame-d’Etang. He undertook her direction by ...
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Why is the Catholic teaching that Mary's hymen remained intact during childbirth important?

I am asking this question because the entire comment thread in which I asked the question appears to have gone missing, including references to Aquinas (Summa Theologica q. 35 a. 6), Ludwig Ott (...
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Looking for a Copy (Preferably PDF) of ``On the Visible Monarchy'' by Rev. Nicholas Sanders, D.D

I have been reading a book from the Library of St. Francis de Sales entitled ``The Catholic Controversy.'' https://archive.org/details/catholiccontrove00sain In it, he makes mention of and references ...
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About the intercessions of Saints to God, on one's behalf?

From a Catholic standpoint, and AFAIU, one prays to saints to intercede for one, on one´s behalf, to God. That being said, if you ask for help or a miracle to a saint through a prayer, and if you at ...
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Is St. Joseph the greatest saint after the Blessed Virgin Mary?

According to Catholic teaching, is St. Joseph the greatest saint after the Blessed Virgin Mary?
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Does the Russian Orthodox Church recognize Adolf Hitler as a Saint?

So, I recently found out about how the Main Cathedral of the Armed Forces in Russia maintains a section containing Adolf Hitler's hat and uniform as relics within a wing of its building. Since it's my ...
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Did adding the Feast of Sts. Mary, Martha and Lazarus clear up anything about the identity of Mary?

I was just reading in the National Catholic Register that Sts. Mary Martha and Lazarus have been added to the church calendar by Pope Francis and that the reason they weren't on before was because of ...
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What is a year dedicated to a certain saint or something else?

What is a year dedicated to a certain saint or something else? Is it important? Does it require anything in particular of Catholics?
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What did St. Theresa of Àvila mean by the "Prayer of Recollection"?

From The Way of Perfection, chapter 28 It is a prayer that brings with it many blessings. This prayer is called "recollection," because the soul collects its faculties together and enters ...
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Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism?

Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism? I am doing a little research on so called imaginary or completely legendary saints that have been associated with Catholicism in one way or ...
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Can a lay person or a group of lay faithful petition the Pope (Vatican) to de-canonize a Saint in light of new findings?

To be specific, I am talking about numerous views recently circulated in different articles saying the Sainthood of Pope St. John Paul II is questionable in light of the findings stated in the ...
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What is the role of Apostolic Succession in lifting men and women to the ranks of saints?

In July 2014, Archbishop Timothy Paul of the Holy Orthodox Christian Church, as reported by Premier Christian News, said: Dr. King was Catholic because he inspired the Universal Church. He was ...
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St. Francis de Sales overcame a temper problem?

I heard that St. Francis de Sales struggled with a temper problem for many years, but he overcome it. What is the source of this biographical information? Loiuse M. Stachoople-Kenny's biography, for ...
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Does Any Connection Between St. Jeanne Jugan and St. John Vianney Exist?

In Francois Trochu's definitive biography of St. John Vianney, ``The Cure of Ars,'' the Little Sisters of the Poor is mentioned by the Saint to a young girl who wishes to enter that Order at Lyons. ...
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Did any saint pray '15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden'?

Was there any saint (or blessed, or venerable) that prayed '15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden'? Does any saint (or blessed, or venerable) recommend that prayer? Did the St. Bridget pray them?
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Reference request about St. John Vianney and the Miraculous Medal?

I have come across on a couple of websites (one a blog), but never in a book, the following conversation between the Cure d'Ars and one of his penitents: ``Do you remember that you went to a ball on ...
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Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings?

Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings? For example, St. Augustine wrote many good books. Now he is in heaven. To this very day, ...
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Where can we find the official records of canonizations?

Famous Catholic saints are often surrounded by various popular beliefs. Or sometime there is little that is actually known about the life of a saint (e.g. we don't seem to know that much about Thomas ...
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In 1943, the Russian Orthodox Church permitted the women's name Svetlana. Was it made specifically for Stalin's daughter?

Russian Wikipedia says the name "Svetlana" was invented in 19th century by a poet Alexander Vostokov. But some people also pointed out that Svetlana is Russian equivalent of Photini, the Samaritan ...
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What are the steps and permissions required to add more "patronages" to saints?

I understand well enough the steps to go through to become a Catholic saint. And my understanding is that saints are "patron saints" of certain aspects of life and those patronages get assigned after ...
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How can Orthodox have saints, if they are heretic? (or vise versa)

I'm a catholic, so from a Catholic point of view how can orthodox have saints if they follow a heresy? And from the orthodox point of view, the opposite is true. If neither party can verify the ...
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Does Reformed Theology teach that Old Testament saints were personally united to Christ?

Union with Christ is a central doctrine in Reformed Theology, and concerns the mystical union of the believer with Christ, by faith and by the Holy Spirit. In faith the Spirit unites us to Christ, and ...
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Why do they have same baptismal name?

I have seen many of Catholics have their baptismal name same as that of their grandparents. Why they do so? Is it given in bible?
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What is the official status of the person of Philomena who at one time was liturgically canonized by Pope Gregory XVI?

What is the official status of the person of Philomena who at one time was “liturgically canonized” by Pope Gregory XVI and not officially canonized? What are the physical, archeological and ...
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Are there any saints or mystics who had a vision of hell, and based on that made a judgment about how many people are in hell? (Catholic perspective)

Are there any saints and/or mystics who had a vision of hell, and based on that made a judgment about how many people are in hell (the majority, a minority, or some judgment like that)?
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Are there any examples where the non-believers demanding a miracle for the proof of Catholic faith and a saint succeeding in performing it?

Questions: Are there any examples where the non-believers demanding a miracle for the proof of Catholic faith and a saint succeeding in performing one? I am looking for those kinds of examples, ...
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