Saintly caution: Church’s reputation on the line when judging sanctity

Saintly caution: Church’s reputation on the line when judging sanctity Priests arrive in procession for a canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in 2019. Photo: CNS
Letter from Rome Junno Arocho Esteves In the Catholic Church, a person’s canonisation is almost always preceded by decades of meticulous investigation into the minute details of the candidate’s life. Thousands of saints have been raised to the altars after these thorough investigations, while the causes of many other candidates are usually suspended or closed…
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