A person becomes a saint after canonization, which is official recognition within the Church of the person's holiness. Any evidence of miracles that the person performed during his/her lifetime is often used to decide whether or not a person should be canonized. Most saints did not become recognized as such by the Church until after they had died. The abbreviation St. in front of a person's name denotes a saint (e.g. St. Benedict).
Related term(s): Canon; Canonization; Canonical; Dogma
Category: Western Christianity
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