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According to the Catholic Church, how did Paul become a saint?

The Catholic Church honors the Apostle St Paul as a Pillar of the Church and as a martyr. The Church celebrates two major events in the life of the Apostle. On January 25, Catholics celebrate the ...
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Have any married couples been canonized at the same time?

Yes, Louis (1823-1894) & Zélie Martin (1831-1877), parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, were jointly canonized in October 2015.
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What were the three miracles that St. Stephen performed to be canonized?

Veneration of martyrs (such as Saint Stephen) as Saints among the Christian faithful long predated the formal process (to include miracles) which later became a standard and evolved into canonization. ...
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Who is the most recent saint recognized by both the Catholic and the Orthodox churches?

Saint Seraphim of Sarov (1754-1833) seems to fit the bill here. Saint Seraphim of Sarov (Russian: Серафим Саровский) (1 August [O.S. 19 July] 1754 (or 1759) – 14 January [O.S. 2 January] 1833), ...
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Why is incorruptibility of saints' relics used as proof of their sanctity?

The short answer is no. Not every saint is expected to have an incorruptible corpse. Although incorruptibility is recognized as supernatural, it is no longer counted as a miracle in the recognition ...
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Does canonisation make one more meritorious before God?

Canonization does not change an individual's status in the eyes of God—nothing can change that. What it does is make a declaration about what the Church thinks of them: By canonizing some of the ...
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Are there non-medical miracles that can get a person beatified/canonized?

Yes. Miracles for beatification or canonisation do not have to be medical. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican investigative body, only retain, on a general basis, medical experts, ...
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Is there a sense in which Stephen was the first Catholic saint?

St Stephen is considered a saint and a martyr in many Christian denominations. Because St Stephen is the very first martyr of the newly founded Church of Jesus Christ, he is given the title of ...
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Are there any Antipope Saints aside from Hippolytus of Rome?

Only one other antipope than Hippolytus of Rome is considered a saint in the Catholic Church. The antipope Felix II has been given the status of a saint in the Roman Martyrology with a feast day of ...
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Is Gertrude the Great's mariology considered erroneous in modern Catholicism?

Fergusson doesn't appear to understand Catholic mariology. Mary is not a "feminine expression of deity"; she is not a feminine aspect of God; she is not God, as Protestants often ...
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Do any Christian denominations consider Pontius Pilate as a saint?

Yes, by the: Ethiopian Church with a feast day on June 19 Coptic Church with a feast day of June 25 Why? The above churches believed that Pilate became Christian, was baptized, and even tried to ...
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What is the meaning of a Catholic Saint being "Raised to the Altar"?

What is the meaning of a Catholic Saint being "Raised to the Altar"? "Raised to the honour of the altars" is an old expression which has a very deep historical tradition. In the ...
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Has Peter Lombard ever been venerated in the Catholic Church?

Has Peter Lombard ever been venerated in the Catholic Church? Has Peter Lombard ever been officially been given the title of venerable, as in the second step towards being canonized as a saint in the ...
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Are there non-medical miracles that can get a person beatified/canonized?

St. Rita of Cascia: Saint of the Impossible: Wife, Mother, Widow, Nun (1381-1457) by Joseph Sicardo, O.S.A., ch. 30: On the 27th of April, in the year 1652, a house belonging to Signora Clara ...
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Does canonisation make one more meritorious before God?

Canonization, beatification, etc., do not change one's merit. Fr. John Hardon, S.J., defines "merit" in his Catholic Dictionary: Divine reward for the practice of virtue. It is a Catholic doctrine ...
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Was St. John Vianney the first parish priest to become canonized?

St. John Vianney was not the first "parish priest" to be raised to the altars. I am sure that one can find several with time permitting, especially in groups of martyrs. St. Ivo of Kermartin (1253-...
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Does the Russian Orthodox Church venerate the saints of the Orthodox Church in America?

The process, if one can term it that, by which Orthodox recognize certain people as "saints" is radically different from the practice followed in the Roman Catholic Church. Recognition of saints ...
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Extent to which Thomas à Kempis is venerated in the Catholic Church?

Extent to which Thomas à Kempis is venerated in the Catholic Church? It is slim picking, when we try to find out information about the canonization of Thomas à Kempis. He has never been beatified or ...
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How is St. Maria Goretti a martyr?

How is St. Maria Goretti a martyr? Today the Catholic Church recognizes the possibility of martyrdom on the areas of hatred of the faith, preserving one’s chastity and in some rare circumstances in ...
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Have any real people been de-canonized?

The Church's judgment that canonized saints are in heaven is infallible (unchangeable and true); from Ludwig Ott's Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma: δ) The canonisation of saints, that is, the final ...
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Why can the Catholic Church declare one person a saint but has never declared another damned?

But wait, is it not that Atheists and Agnostics are going to hell? Why not declare them, once dead, officially members of Hell? (a self-made rethoric question just to bring up two more reasons) No, ...
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What were the specific changes to the canonization process introduced in 1983?

Blessed Pope John Paul II of happy memory changed the process of beatification and canonization dramatically. Pope John Paul II changed this process dramatically. First, he put the responsibility ...
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Is the Catholic declaration of an extra biblical saint infallible?

The opinion on this issue seems to be divided. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, at least by the beginning of the XX century (i.e. pre Second Vatican Council) "most of" theologians ...
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What miracles were performed during the beatification and canonization processes of Mother Teresa?

The first miracle, required for beatification, occurred in 1998 when a cancerous tumour was removed from the abdomen of an Indian woman named Monica Bersa, after a beam of light had emanated from a ...
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Has Peter Lombard ever been venerated in the Catholic Church?

According to J. De Ghellinck, "Pierre Lombard," DTC 12, 2 (1935), cols. 1941–2019., Bishop Lucensis commended Peter Lombard, who was from a poor family, to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who wrote a "...
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What would a person need to be able to do to be a saint while he was yet alive?

What would a person need to be able to do to be a saint while he was yet alive? Formally declared saints are chosen ultimately by the pope, but only after a thorough investigation of the life, ...
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What would a person need to be able to do to be a saint while he was yet alive?

Aspiring to sainthood is certainly a good way to orient one's life. The opportunity to "offer one's life" may not arise right away, but the opportunity to develop a "reputation for ...
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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?

Can a lay person or a group of lay faithful petition the Pope (Vatican) to de-canonize a Saint in light of new findings? The short answer is yes. But I doubt it will go very far. The canonization of a ...
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