Throughout Christian history, the Catholic community has recognized in a particular way those of her members that have, through God's grace, lived lives worthy of emulation: filled with faith, hope and charity. This article explains exactly what a Saint is:
How is someone made a Saint?
Although in the Early Church, there was no formal process for declaring a person to be a Saint, for many Centuries now the Church has had a formal process by which she investigates the lives of those who died "in the odour of sanctity" and decides whether they should be first beatified and then canonized. To learn more, read this article on the process of becoming a Saint
Doctors of the Church?
Some of the Church's greatest Saints have also been her greatest thinkers and theologians. The Church recognises those who have contributed especially to the development of Christian thought by declaring them to be Doctors of the Church.
Follow the links below to read about the lives of some extraordinary Catholics throughout the history of the Church: