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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE NUMBER OF CANONIZED SAINTS
IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.


Q. 1. How many canonized Saints does the Catholic Church have? There seems to be so many of them that one wonders if the process is abused.

A. 1. The Catholic Church does not know how many Saints have been canonized. There may be as many as ten thousand Saints.

You have to realize that over the centuries, the process has changed. There was a time when each Bishop had the power to canonize a person in his Diocese. It was not until around A.D. 1,000 that the Catholic Church put in place a process of canonization that was centralized in Rome. At the same time, the procedure for canonization was clarified. For example, today we know that there are four steps to sainthood. To read on that matter, click here.



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