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Saints - Canonization
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Part of Saints:

1. History of Saints

2. Veneration of Saints

3. Canonization

4. Hagiography

1. History of canonisation. The certainty that by dying For Christ the martyrs had entered into the glory of God, and the conviction of the power of their intercession now that they were united with Christ led the early Church to venerate the martyrs, to beg their intercession, and to commemorate them in the sacrifice of the Mass. For the same reasons, this cult was extended to “confessors” (those who had suffered for the …

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Paolo Molinari, “Saints - Canonization”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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