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Origen was a great teacher, but he also had some non-Orthodox positions on Scripture and the faith in general. His teachings were specifically anathemitized by the Second Council of Constantinople in 1553, which inherently means you can't be a saint, since you are condemned, at least according to the Roman Catholic Church. That said, he was also an ardent ...


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To which Saints may a Catholic pray, and when can this begin? Actually a catholic can privately pray to anyone whom he/she thinks can intercede on their behalf. In fact Catholics do not see any difference in asking you to pray for me and asking my dead grandma (if I believe she is in heaven or purgatory) to pray for me. Is it restricted to only those who ...


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It is almost certainly John Chrysostom. Compare your image with the middle figure of this icon of the Three Hierarchs The middle figure is labeled Chrysostom. To the left of him is Basil the Great. To the right is Gregory the Theologian.


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I can tell you of the Russian Orthodox Church. There is a Synodal Commission which examines the issue and has the authority to glorify the person as a saint. There are locally venerated saints, which are venerated in a eparchy, and commonly venerated saints, which are inserted to the calendar common to all the church. The eparchial veneration is ...


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St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879), the Lourdes visionary, is the first saint of Ann Ball's Modern Saints: Their Lives and Faces to feature a photograph: Bernadette was photographed often and her pictures were sold everywhere; she joked, "I am on sale for [ten cents] at every street corner!" The photograph above was taken at some point in the 1860s.


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As far as we know, he did not use this analogy. It does not appear in the extant writings attributed to him, nor in early hagiographies. There are several places in these documents where a shamrock metaphor wouldn't go completely amiss, and yet it doesn't seem to appear anywhere. In the Confession attributed to Patrick, he talks a lot about how he is a ...


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I don't know where you got the idea that the Catholic church has taken no position on Santa Muerte. The current official position of the Catholic Church is that honoring Saint Death is heresy.ref Mexico's Catholic Bishop Conference has accused Santa Muerte devotees of mixing Christianity with devil-worship.ref According to a statement by Roman Catholic ...


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By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God's grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors. CCC 828 Some angels have been recognized as saints ...


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In 2002 the Church selected St. Isidore of Seville to be the official patron of computer programmers. Write a simple letter laying out the reasons why a particular saint would be a good patron for a profession, industry, or hobby and find co-signatories. Then begin sending your letter to Rome. In a big institution there are lots of doors and you should ...


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Pope John Paul II abolished the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983 No, he did not abolish this office. There is still one Promoter of the Faith for every cause of canonization. What Pope John Paul II did was to reduce his power to a great extent and change his role in the process of ...


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Spikenard has nothing in particular to do with Joseph. What is going on, is the following. There is an apocryphal tradition to do with how Joseph and Mary were married. Variants of the story can be found in the Protoevangelium of James, Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Armenian Infancy Gospel, Book of the Nativity of Mary, and History of Joseph the Carpenter; and ...


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Whether Angels can be considered Saints Objection 1. It would seem that angels cannot be numbered among the Saints because during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the one presiding says: ...all the Angels and Saints and furthermore, at benediction the one presiding says (and the people respond): blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints So these ...


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Prayers that are supposed to automatically release souls from purgatory are "declared to be apocryphal" (i.e. false) and are prohibited, according to the Acts of the Holy See 32 p.243, as promulgated by Pope Leo XIII. Reiicienda sunt folia, et libelli, in quibus promittitur fidelibus unam alteramve precem recitantibus liberatio unius vel plurium animarum ...


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It appears that Emperor Constantine the Great is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church, according to catholic.org: Constantine was the most dominating figure of his lifetime, towering over his contemporaries, including Pope Sylvester I. He presided over the Council of Nicaea, gave extensive grants of land and property to the Church, founded the ...


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Pope St. John Paul II declared St. Isidore of Seville the patron saint of the Internet because he tried to catalogue everything that was ever known to man. I remember reading about this in 1997 in the Italian version of the L'Osservatore Romano. In 1997 Pope John Paul II declared Isidore of Seville the patron saint of the internet. Saint Isidore died in ...


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Yes, St. Polycarp (A.D. 69-155). The early Church Father St. Polycarp. He was put in fire, yet he did not burn. We read in The Martyrdom of Polycarp: This, then, was carried into effect with greater speed than it was spoken, the multitudes immediately gathering together wood and fagots out of the shops and baths; the Jews especially, according to ...


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Simplest answer is probably grammatical: One Greek word hagios becomes two in English, "holy" (adjective) and "saint" (noun, title). So what could have been translated "Holy Michael the Archangel" was translated "Saint Michael the Archangel." Of course it also came through Latin where you've got the word sanctus.


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A search of the Catechism, as well as of the Vatican website and of the Catholic Encyclopedia article, do not reveal any particular official protocol to decide whether a given saint is to be considered a patron saint, and of what. Searching through the Vatican's website for the term "patron saint" yields a number of references to patron saints, including at ...


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It is difficult to know for certain, because most people do not make their mortal sins public. However, it is likely that many of the saints did commit mortals sins even after their “conversion” to a holy way of life. In causes for canonization, the Church does not look for perfect people (which—except Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary—do not exist) ...


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No What is the Church's definition of a holy relic? "A relic is something connected with a saint or blessed, including a part of their body (e.g. hair or a piece of bone), their clothing, or an object that the person used or touched." Relics are classified into three categories: First Class Relics: items directly associated with the events of Christ's ...


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Yes, Louis (1823-1894) & Zélie Martin (1831-1877), parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, were jointly canonized in October 2015.


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Yes, other saints and angels as well as Jesus Himself have appeared to visionaries throughout the ages. I can give three examples: St. Joan of Arc received visions of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and Saint Margaret of Antioch St. Faustina Kowalska recieved visions of Jesus (and authorized a painting of that vision) The seers ...


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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)? Do not know if this counts, but it is an interesting story anyway. I personally would find it miraculous to be healed by Mary, the Mother of Jesus in person! What an honour Our Lady showed to the Carmelite saint of Palestine. St. Miriam of Jesus Crucified (January ...


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Saint Stephen was the first martyr, at whose stoning Saul/Paul was present. He doesn't get the honour of "first saint". The rules have almost certainly changed since antiquity, and are now fairly rigid (two miracles are required, at least).


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One such appears to be St Vladimir the Great, who is revered as a saint by Churches in communion with both Constantinople and Rome. That said, it's not clear when he was canonised — that might have occurred before the Great Schism; and nor is it clear whether this is a local celebration or one recognised by Rome for the whole Church. According to ...


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At least in Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church saint Adalbert is not venerated. I had a friend that was a member of PAKP from a mixed (catholic-orthodox) family. His mother wanted to name him "Wojciech", but the parish priest disagreed. So he had the name "Wojciech" written in secular documents but was baptised with name "George&...


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From http://www.catholic.org/saints/patron.php Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes -- anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the ...


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The story appears in Butler's Lives of Saints, a standard reference for many saints' histories. The relevant part of the (brief) Butler's entry reads: St. Gregory the Great tells us that when the Vandals of Africa had made a descent on Campania, Paulinus spent all he had in relieving the distress of his people and redeeming them from slavery. At last there ...


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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), born Prokhor Moshnin (Прохор Мошнин), is one of the most renowned Russian monks and mystics in the Eastern Orthodox Church. He is generally considered the greatest ...


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