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Auxiliary Saints
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[German Version]

are, in the Catholic view, saints who are invoked to intercede with God in specific situations of need. The term has existed since the late 12th century. This title has been given to various saints who, based on their vitas, are attributed particular power of intercession in certain predicaments. Beginning in the 14th century, the special group of fourteen auxiliary saints appeared (in missals with a formula for auxiliary saints and in fixed prayers to the auxiliary saints). The first …

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Kraus, Georg, “Auxiliary Saints”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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