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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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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 and/or mystics who had vision of hell and based on that made a judgment about have many people are in hell?

Are there any saints and/or mystics who had vision of hell and based on that made a judgment about have many people are in hell (the majority, minority, or some kind of 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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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Are there any saints that should have died but didn't, not like they dodged a moving train, but rather something like were stabbed in the heart but didn't bleed, or something. And when they did die, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Why does the RCC create modern saints? [closed]

Why does the RCC create modern saints? (saints outside the bible) Some would say God created these saints.But a large part of the church does not find it interesting to give them the same position ...
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Why aren't Moses, Elijah, and other Old Testament heroes of faith given the title of “Saint”?

Many Old Testament figures led lives that are comparable to modern day saints. Yet none of them seem to be given the title of "Saint". Why is this? My first thought was that perhaps a Saint needs a ...
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Has there ever been a saint who has had their sainthood revoked due to falsification of their life details or the miracles leading to canonization?

Has there ever been a person who has been canonized as a saint, but later had their sainthood revoked because irrefutable evidence came to light that the person was not the upstanding Christian that ...
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What miracles were performed during the beatification and canonization processes of Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa was recently recognized as a Saint. The process of canonization (becoming a saint) involves the performing of a miracle. From Wikipedia: If the Venerable was not a martyr—all non-...