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Saints - History of Saints
(3,170 words)

Part of Saints:

1. History of Saints

2. Veneration of Saints

3. Canonization

4. Hagiography

1. In the history of religions. Among those forms in which the holy can be present, man has a central place: men in general, men in special circumstances or situations (children, the dying), men in special offices and functions (priest, prophet, warrior, king), and finally any individual, the saint, in whom the divine power is experienced in some special way (especially through miracles). This presence of divine power seems …

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Jörg Splett, “Saints - History of Saints”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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