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One unique feature of Catholicism is its saints. Thousands of people have been sainted by the Catholic Church, meaning they are officially recognized as exemplars of Christian faith, having exhibited the power of God in their lives in remarkable ways. Saints are thought to be accessible to believers through prayer, and are considered to be guardians of specific groups of people. Often Catholics will have a patron saint whose life or works they feel drawn to, but they may also pray to other patron saints for certain reasons (for example, praying to St. Francis to help a sick pet). Here is a small sample of patron saints.
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Catharine of Bologna
St. John Bosco
St. Peregrine Laziosi
St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
St. Thomas the Apostle
St. Raymond Nonnatus
St. Agnes, St. Maria Goretti
St. Ann, St. Joachim
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
St. Isidore of Seville
St. Frances de Sales
St. Anthony of Padua
St. John the Baptist
St. Catherine of Alexandria
St. Luke, Sts. Cosmas, Damian
St. Thomas More
St. Martin de Porres
St. Anthony Claret
St. Brigid of Kildare
St. Albert the Great
St. Gregory the Great
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Maria Goretti
St. Francis de Sales
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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