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The Church has venerated Catholic saints since the beginning. Who are the saints? Who decides who is and is not a saint? How many are there? Do saints hear our prayers? Find the answers to these questions and articles on saints.

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Questions and Answers on Catholic Saints
from St. Anthony Messenger
Why isn’t there a saint for every day?
Why so few lay saints?
What is the process for canonizing someone?
How many saints are there?
Do saints hear our prayers?
Are saints’ names required for Baptism?
Are statues idols?

What's a Seraphic saint?

God's Glorious Nobodies
Kathy Coffey looks at the future saints all around us in the world. She writes: "Perhaps the saints are people so drawn to Christ’s vibrant energy that they mirror him, just as long married couples begin to resemble each other. They proclaim what Christ looks like, and there are infinite varieties on the theme."

Real Women, Real Saints
The saints are our spiritual guides, our companions on life's journey. Their experiences show us the path we are to take in our own lives. In Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey, Gina Loehr profiles a hundred women—saints, the blessed, servants of God—we can use as models of holiness. See a sample chapter and then purchase the book, Real Women, Real Saints, from our catalog.
Saints in the News
The Catholic Church's veneration of saints dates back to the beginnings of Christianity. Yet Catholic saints are not just figures from ancient history, but have lived during our lifetimes and their example and the process toward beatification continue to make news today.

St. Joan of Arc's Message for Today
This 19-year-old peasant from 15th-century France has much to teach us about listening to our hearts, trusting in God and confounding the odds, according to St. Anthony Messenger magazine managing editor, Barbara Beckwith.
Saint of the Day
Read about the life of today’s Catholic saint and browse a list of patron saints as well as a calendar of feast days. Learn about the Feast of All Saints and the Feast of All Souls.
Franciscan Radio
Listen to or download program #08-44 of American Catholic Radio. Topics include the communion of saints, a portrait of St. Paul and an interview with the author of Saints at the Dinner Table.
Prayer Requests
Post an online prayer request. All prayer requests are displayed at and on a large, scrolling screen next to St. Anthony’s relic at the National Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua in Cincinnati, Ohio. View current prayers.
Saint Features
Explore the lives of St. Anthony, St. Francis, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Padre Pio, St. Patrick and Mother Teresa.
More About All Saints and All Souls
Did Saints Fall From Favor After Vatican II?
 from Friar Jack’s E-spirations
I’d Like to Say: We’re All Called to Be Saints
 from St. Anthony Messenger
The Where, Who and How of Heaven
 from Friar Jack’s E-spirations
Patron Saints for Modern Challenges
 from St. Anthony Messenger
What Makes a Saint?
 from St. Anthony Messenger
Celebrating the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls
 from Friar Jack’s E-spirations
The Communion of Saints
 from Scripture From Scratch
Faith-Filled Family: Halloween and Its Christian Roots
 from St. Anthony Messenger
All Saints
 from Friar Jack’s E-spirations
Ten Great Catholics of the Second Millennium
 from St. Anthony Messenger
How Halloween Can Be Redeemed
 from Catholic Update
Saints: Holy and Human
 from Catholic Update
Six Saints for the New Millennium
 from Catholic Update

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Denis and Companions: This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the great abbey church of St. Denis in Paris. He was for a time confused with the writer now called Pseudo-Dionysius. 
<p>The best hypothesis contends that Denis was sent to Gaul from Rome in the third century and beheaded in the persecution under Emperor Valerius in 258. </p><p>According to one of the legends, after he was martyred on Montmartre (literally, "mountain of martyrs") in Paris, he carried his head to a village northeast of the city. St. Genevieve built a basilica over his tomb at the beginning of the sixth century.</p> American Catholic Blog The saints share in God’s glory, for they are God’s new creation through Jesus Christ. This new creation radiates God’s glory, for God fills the saints with his grace. He shares his glory, his divine life, with those who are willing to receive it through the work and person of Jesus Christ.

Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag

Synod on the Family
Pray that God will help the bishops meeting in Rome this month encourage families to draw closer to him.

Sacrament of Baptism
Help your children imagine their baptisms by sharing your memories of their special day.

Our Lady of the Rosary
In this month of the holy rosary, remind family and friends to pray daily for themselves and for others.

Happy Birthday
Your best wishes for their special day can be chosen, sent and received within a matter of minutes!

St. Faustina Kowalska
This 20th-century Polish nun encouraged devotion to God’s Divine Mercy.

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