Saint Index



 Agatha of Sicily
 Agnes of Assisi
 Agnes of Rome
 Andrew, Apostle
 Angela Merici
 Anne, Mother of Mary
 Anthony of Padua
 Augustine of Hippo
 Beatrice da Silva
 Benedict of Nursia
 Bernard of Clairvaux
 Bridget of Sweden
 Bridget of Sweden 15 Prayers
 Catherine of Alexandria
 Catherine of Bologna
 Catherine of Genoa
 Catherine of Siëna
 Clare of Assisi
 Damien, Father
 Don Bosco
 Edith Stein
 Elizabeth, cousin of Mary
 Elizabeth of Portugal
 Elizabeth of Hungary
 Elizabeth Seton
 Euphrasia Eluvathingal
 Faustina Kowalska
 Francis of Assisi
 Francis of Paola
 Francis Xavier
 Guardian Angels
 Gemma Galgani
 Gerard Majella
 Gertrude the Great
 Gianna Beretta Molla
 Hesselblad, Elizabeth
 Hildegard von Bingen
  Holy Innocents
 Ignatius of Loyola
 Incorrupt Bodies
 Joan of Arc
 Joanna, wife of Chuza
 John (Don) Bosco
 John of God
 John of the Cross
 John the Baptist
 John Vianney
 Joseph, husband of Mary
 Josephine Bakhita
 Kateri Tekakwitha
 Lazarus of Bethany
 Lorenzo Ruiz
 Louis de Montfort
 Lucy of Syracuse
 Luke the Evangelist
Margaret of Scotland
Margaret Mary Alacoque
Maria Goretti
 Martin de Porres
 Mary MacKillop
 Mary Magdalene
 Maximilian Kolbe
 Michael, Archangel
 Mother Teresa
 Nepomuk, John of
 Paul Miki and Companions
 Paul of the Cross
 Pedro Calungsod
 Peter and Paul (Apostles)
 Pio of Pietrelcina, Padre
 Rita of Cascia
 Rose of Lima
 Teresa of Avila
 Teresa Benedict of the Cross
 Thérèse of Lisieux
 Thomas Aquinas
 Vincent de Paul
 Wojciech (of Poland)


5 Steps to Sainthood

First, the person’s local bishop investigates their life by gathering information from witnesses of their life and any writings they may have written. If the bishop finds them to be worthy of being a saint, then he submits the information that he gathered to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Second, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints can choose reject the application or accept it and begin their own investigation of the person’s life.

Third, if the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approves of the candidate, they can choose to declare that the person lived a life heroically virtuous life. This isn’t a declaration that the person is in heaven, but that they pursued holiness while here on earth.

Fourth, to be recognized as someone in heaven requires that a miracle has taken place through the intercession of that person. The miracle is usually a healing. The healing has to be instantaneous, permanent, and complete while also being scientifically unexplainable. Miracles have to be first verified as scientifically unexplainable by a group of independent doctors, then the person is approved by a panel of theologians, and then the final approval lies with the pope. If this is the case, a person is declared a blessed.

Fifth, a second miracle is needed in order to declare someone a saint. The confirmation of a second miracle goes through the same scrutiny as the first.

What is the difference between saints and blesseds?


There are several steps in the Church’s process of declaring someone a saint. From first to last, the corresponding titles are Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed, and Saint. "Blesseds" are those who have been beatified. Beatification requires one attested miracle and allows the beatified person to be venerated by his local church. Canonization requires two attested miracles and allows veneration of the saint by the universal Church. Canonization is an infallible statement by the Church that the saint is in heaven.


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