Q. 1. What is the purpose of canonizations? Why does the Catholic Church canonize some people?
A. 1. The main reason for the canonization of a saint is to edify the faithful who are always in need of new models of holiness.
Each saint is known for his/her particular virtues. Because of that, the Church proposes them to its members as friends and companions in the following of Christ, as models to imitate, and as intercessors with God.
Through the canonization of a saint, the Church gives thanks to God as we honour the person who has been so faithful to Godís plan in his or her life.