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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. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email.

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?

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.

Lourdes 150th anniversary
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Mary's appearance to St. Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes, France. See our special Lourdes 150th anniversary area for the latest on the observance.

Year of St. Paul
The Catholic Church celebrates a special jubilee year dedicated to St. Paul through June 29, 2009, to mark the approximately 2,000th anniversary of the saint’s birth. Our "Year of St. Paul" feature offers coverage of the Pauline year and focuses on the apostle’s courageous missionary efforts and inspiration to Catholics today.

Introducing St. Paul the Apostle: His Life and Mission
Catholic Update explores his call and mission, his work as an evangelizer, his teaching through letter writing, his conversion, his Roman citizenship and his role in shaping our Catholic culture.

A Visit to Padre Pio's Tomb
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the death of St. Padre Pio. St. Anthony Messenger magazine senior editor, Father Jack Wintz, O.F.M., reflects on his recent pilgrimage to and guides readers through the saint’s shrine in Italy.

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 StAnthony.org 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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Robert Bellarmine: When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the Protestant Reformers. He was the first Jesuit to become a professor at Louvain. 
<p>His most famous work is his three-volume <i>Disputations on the Controversies </i><em>of the Christian Faith</em>. Particularly noteworthy are the sections on the temporal power of the pope and the role of the laity. He incurred the anger of monarchists in England and France by showing the divine-right-of-kings theory untenable. He developed the theory of the indirect power of the pope in temporal affairs; although he was defending the pope against the Scottish philosopher Barclay, he also incurred the ire of Pope Sixtus V. </p><p>Bellarmine was made a cardinal by Pope Clement VIII on the grounds that "he had not his equal for learning." While he occupied apartments in the Vatican, Bellarmine relaxed none of his former austerities. He limited his household expenses to what was barely essential, eating only the food available to the poor. He was known to have ransomed a soldier who had deserted from the army and he used the hangings of his rooms to clothe poor people, remarking, "The walls won't catch cold." </p><p>Among many activities, he became theologian to Pope Clement VIII, preparing two catechisms which have had great influence in the Church. </p><p>The last major controversy of Bellarmine's life came in 1616 when he had to admonish his friend Galileo, whom he admired. Bellarmine delivered the admonition on behalf of the Holy Office, which had decided that the heliocentric theory of Copernicus (the sun as stationary) was contrary to Scripture. The admonition amounted to a caution against putting forward—other than as a hypothesis—theories not yet fully proved. This shows that saints are not infallible. </p><p>Bellarmine died on September 17, 1621. The process for his canonization was begun in 1627 but was delayed until 1930 for political reasons, stemming from his writings. In 1930, Pope Pius XI canonized him and the next year declared him a doctor of the Church.</p> American Catholic Blog The joy of the Lord is our strength. Therefore, each of us will accept a life of poverty in cheerful trust. We will minister to Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor with cheerful devotion. If our work is done with joy, we will have no reason to be unhappy.

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