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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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What is the proper title for someone who was a pope and is now canonized as a saint?

There are a number of men who became Pope who were later canonized as a saint, such as John Paul II and Paul VI. What is the proper title (in English) for such individuals when referring to them today ...
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Do Catholics believe in other apparitions like Mary? Or is she unique in this respect?

From the outside looking in, it appears that the Catholic believe that Mary has and does appear to people somewhat frequently. It seems to be called "apparitions" . You read more about them on this ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”?

What I am not asking about: Glossolalia, as practiced by Charismatics in the modern day. What I am asking about: St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain and travelled as far north as Germany and ...
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Does the text of the 13th Century Vita of St. Dymphna still exist today?

The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia says the following about St. Dymphna: The earliest historical account of the veneration of St. Dymphna dates from the middle of the thirteenth century. Under Bishop ...
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Patron saint of professional excellence? Professional excellence and holiness?

Are there saints that were excellent at performing their duties as professionals? Of course, there can be legends that Saint Joseph was perfect master, but there is no evidence of his dedication, ...
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Where does this famous St. Augustine quote about the repentant thief come from?

There is a very famous quote in French Catholic circles that would be translated as something like: No, I had not studied the Scriptures, but Jesus looked at me on the cross and, in his gaze, I ...
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Does Protestant and Christian denominations have stories to tell about bilocation?

Bilocation is a supernatutal gift of God that is somehow associated to people who had a pious character. Catholic Church had numerous stories to tell of pious people who later on proclaim as saints. ...
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What was St. Robert Bellarmine teaching on human cooperation with grace?

What did St. Robert teach on grace and cooperation with it? Did he accept the Thomistic doctrine of grace? Did he agree with Báñez or did he side with Molina?
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Is partaking of the Holy Eucharist the key to incorruptibility of the saints?

The Incorruptibles by Joan Caroll Cruz has many stories about incorruptible saints. These saints with incorruptible bodies are Catholic, and I never heard any Protestant, other non-Catholic ...
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Resources in Helping Choose an Orthodox Patron Saint

I'm currently a catechumen in the Orthodox Church and am trying to decide on a Patron Saint. I've done some research in regards to Saints on or close to my birthday however I am curious as to whether ...
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Is Isaiah 56:4,5 the prophecy about Catholic saints and statues?

In Isaiah 56:4,5 we read For thus says the Lord: To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, 5 I will give, in my house and ...
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What are liturgical honours and privileges for the Patrons of categories of people?

In the Motu Proprio E sancti Thomae Mori proclaiming Saint Thomas More Patron of statesmen and politicans Pope John Paul II. declares: Therefore, after due consideration and willingly acceding to ...
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Were there any saints who criticized the church?

Pope Francis has said that those who constantly criticize the Catholic church are “friends of the devil”. My question is: were there any saints in history who repeatedly criticized the church or ...
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Have any married couples been canonized at the same time?

There are countless saints in the Catholic Church, and while many of them have been celibate, some have been married (e.g. Thomas More, Elizabeth Ann Seaton). Have any married couples been canonized ...
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Did it reflect poorly on St. Francis De Sales that he offered a bribe to convert Beza?

St. Francis De Sales offered a 4,000 dollar pension to Theodore Beza. Source. It is very difficult to see this as anything other than "Oh boy, none of my arguments are working. Here! I'll make one ...
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Questions about this icon of Saint Sophia

Below is an icon of Saint Sophia and her three daughters (Faith, Hope, and Charity). It's so cute! I hope someone who is knowledgeable about iconography can answer a couple questions I have about it. ...
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Are there examples of “successful” celibate homosexuals, according to the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church puts forward to the laity the example of many many saints, in their different dimensions (charity, chastity, prayer, sacrifice, etc), as inspiration to our own lives and challenges....
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What is the meaning behind this coin of Pope St. John Paul II?

I have in my possession a big coin in a nice box with the papal heraldry of Pope St. John Paul II. I am very curious Where this coin came from and why this coin exists. I have found many ...
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Was St. John Vianney the first parish priest to become canonized?

I saw a local play about the life of St.John Vianney (1786–1859). One of the characters noted that in over 1800 years of Catholic history, a parish priest had never become a saint (to which another ...
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Are there legitimate saints not documented in western hagiology?

In Croatia the patron saint of Vukovar is Saint Bonus/Sveti Bono. There's nothing in any English Catholic encyclopedia but Croatian wikipedia lists the following facts: Martyred under Decian (or was ...
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Does intercession of the saints presuppose that saints are omniscient? [duplicate]

If we ask a saint to intercede for us, are we not presupposing that the saint is omniscient enough to read our thoughts and to hear our prayers? Doesn't the act of prayer to a saint then contain an ...
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Is a Saint Joseph the patron of men named Osip?

In the name day tradition children are named after a patron saint according to their birthdays. A boy born in Russia on or near the feast day of some Saint Joseph might thus be named Iosif. Osip is ...
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Who is the Name's Day Saint of St. John de Brébeuf?

Can anyone tell me who is the name's day saint of St. John de Brébeuf? The name's day saint of someone is similar to a patron saint, but is not exactly the same. I have try to find a source that makes ...
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Is there a prayer to rebuke storms at sea?

My mom comes from a family of fishermen and ship captains, the vast majority of all men in her city are still doing of those professions, I live in Lebanon, middle east. She told me more than once ...
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As a Catholic, am I obliged to believe in visions and saints?

I am a Catholic. There are many visions and ecstasy and saints. As a Catholic, am I obliged to believe in visions and saints?
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How did Isidore of Seville become the patron saint of the Internet and computer programmers?

According to Wikipedia, Isidore of Seville (not to be confused with Isidore the Laborer) is the patron saint of the Internet and computer programmers. Unfortunately, the current revision doesn't ...
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How does the Catholic Church choose the patron saint of a parish church?

I’m Catholic, and have been since birth. I attend parish of St. Francis in Bakersfield, California. I have noticed recently, that all Catholic Churches, for the most part are named after a Saint, i.e....
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According to the Catholic Church, are Adam and Eve in heaven?

According to this site As we have said elsewhere, Adam and Eve are not called saints in ordinary reference, historical or scriptural. But they may be called saints on their feast day, which is ...
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Are relics only considered first class if they were collected from a Saint's dead body?

I was seemingly corrected that St. Maximillian has no first class relics since some of his hairs apparently were found (collected prior to his death). Would these be first class relics or second ...
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What is the oldest surviving photograph of someone who was later canonized as a saint?

Photography is a relatively recent invention, and as such, the appearances of the majority of saints have only been captured in portraits, icons, and other constructed media. What is the oldest ...
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Is it true that some of the Catholic saints did not existat all? [closed]

Is it true that some of the Catholic saints did not exist at all? I am told that St:George with the dragon did not exist at all! Thanks
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Is every Roman Catholic Church saint also an Eastern Catholic Church saint (and viceversa)?

I was recently reading about Isaac the Syrian. I learned that he is considered a Saint in the Eastern Catholic Church (EC), but, it seems, not in the Latin Catholic Church (LC). He is not listed here, ...
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“Holy man / saints” in the point of view of God according to the Calvinist?

I was in the middle of a discussion in a Christian Forum, where the Calvinist member say that : "holy man / saint" can only exist only after Jesus died. Before Jesus died, all the OT people are ...
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Who is this Saint?

My sister bought me this bracelet from a monastery in Serbia. I've been searching for quite some time to find which Saint is depicted to no avail. It looks like St. John Chrysostom but I'm not sure.
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Can Saints in Heaven Refuse to Pray for us?

Specification : When we deliberatly ask them to pray for us. I would like explanations which take into account the state of mortal sin as well as the scenarios in a state of grace.
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Why do Saints Perform Less Miracles Over Time?

Anything is welcome, but I would prefer something in accordance with Catholic theology. I think I already know the answer but perhaps I am wrong, and I'm sure many Christians are wondering. I've ...
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Can Patron Saints be “dethroned”?

For instance lets say there's a patron saint of infants, but that a recently canonized saint is clearly superior to the previous one when it comes to infants. Is it not then warrented to make the ...
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Why did St Martin give half of his cloak, and didn't give the whole?

There was a saint called St Martin, from the city of Tours (France) He gave half of his cloak to a poor he saw, because he felt pity for him, it was cold, and the beggar was more or less in rags. I ...
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Fr. Pedro de Corpa and Companions

Franciscan Media: Saint Pedro de Corpa and Companions’ Story Another Saint of the Day for September 10 These five friars were martyred in Georgia for their insistence on monogamy in ...
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Are there any Antipope Saints aside from Hippolytus of Rome?

Have any antipopes other than Antipope Hippolytus of Rome ever been canonized as saints by the Roman Catholic Church?
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Identifying a Saint on a Greek icon?

I got this icon from Greece, however I was not able to identify the Saint. Could anyone help?
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What Saints have given guided written meditations?

Recently I have found meditations by St. Francis de Sales in his Introduction to the Devout life, and St Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises, that I find have helped to deepen my faith. Are ...
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Are these citations from St. Ignacius of Loyola?

There are two very known 'quotes' of St.Ignacius of Loyola, sometimes also atributed to St.Augustine: “Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.” and “...
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When Saint Rita was born, how old was her mother?

A question about hagiography. It is said that Saint Rita's mother Amata Ferri was old when her daughter was born, and she had been sterile for a very long time. But how old was she, if anyone knows ...
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Why is St Martin “in-the-Fields”?

I was reading about the Anglican church St Martin-in-the-Fields and was curious about the in-the-Fields part of the name. It is named after Martin of Tours who was a saint in France during the 4th ...
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Does Roman Catholicism teach that appearances of *Santo Nino De Atocha* have some particular meaning?

Last night my elderly father sat up in bed, in the middle of the night, and he saw an image of Santo Nino De Atocha standing at the foot of his bed. My father is very religious. He believes all ...
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Does the Russian Orthodox Church venerate the saints of the Orthodox Church in America?

After the Russian Revolution, the Orthodox Church in America became nominally independent of the mother church. The OCA has since canonized saints who lived in Russian America such as German and Petr (...
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Why do images of saints often depict them with unusual hand gestures?

Many saints are often depicted holding a book or some other object. However, I have noticed that there are quite a few that have unusual hand gestures. Why is this? Augustine of Hippo Index finger, ...
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Feast of the Holy Innocents traditions?

Outside the Sacrifice of the Mass and the use of the Roman Ritual, are there any Catholic historical traditions that are have been or are in use amongst the Catholic faithful for the feast of the Holy ...
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Saints: Are they always comfortable in society? (Catholic Church perspective)

I know saints are exceptional, but I wonder how they could bear some people who are everything they are not. Could someone be a saint while being asocial, or a bit misanthropic? I know some saints ...