Saints are holy people who are recognized for their exceptional degree of holiness, likeness, or closeness to God. They are people from the past whom Catholics can look up to for encouragement and inspiration. The Catholic Church recognizes over 10,000 individuals who met the appropriate criteria to be considered saints. Saints are examples of what it means to serve and follow Christ. They lived lives in holiness, dedicated to serving God and spreading His message of salvation. The saints of the church are a diverse group of people with varied and interesting stories. Their ranks include martyrs, kings and queens, missionaries, widows, theologians, parents, nuns and priests, and “everyday people” who dedicated their lives to the loving pursuit of God. Religious and nonreligious people alike have found inspiration from their lives, particularly in the stories of saints who devoted themselves in service to the poor, sick, and disenfranchised.
The Catholic Church has many saints, and some of the most famous ones include St. Michael the Archangel, St. Christopher, St. Jude, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Joseph. Patron saints are those whom the Catholic Church regards as an advocate for specific causes, professions, or countries. There are also many canonized Catholic saints of the Roman Catholic Church, and links to short biographies of these Catholic saints can be found on websites such as Catholic Online and My Catholic Life.
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