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The Saints of the Catholic Church - History and Biography

Learn about the saints of the Catholic Church, from well-known ones, such as St. Mary, St. Peter, and St. Patrick, to lesser-known ones, such as St. Ephrem the Syrian. Find biographies and histories of the saints, along with prayers to, and prayers by, these holy men and women. Connect yourself with the history and spirituality of the Catholic Church by joining in the communion of saints.
  1. Patrology
  2. The Doctors of the Church (11)
  3. Apostles (4)
  4. Evangelists (4)
  5. Martyrs (2)

Saints 101
Many Christians misunderstand devotion to the saints, those holy men and women who have lived exemplary Christian lives. Just as our life does not end with death, so too our relationships with our fellow members of the Body of Christ continue after their deaths. This Communion of Saints is so important that it is an article of faith in all...

What Is a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.

Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?

Patron Saints
Few practices of the Catholic Church are so misunderstood today as devotion to patron saints. Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.

Litany of the Saints
The Litany of the Saints is one of the oldest prayers in continuous use in the Catholic Church. Find the text and history of the Litany of the Saints.

Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom
Find the text of the famous Easter homily by St. John Chrysostom, read in many Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

The Doctors of the Church
The Doctors of the Church are great saints known for their defense and explanation of the truths of the Catholic Faith. Learn more about the Doctors of the Church.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of youth, lived a short life dedicated to prayer, study, and the care of others. Learn more about this Jesuit saint.

Saint Nicholas of Myra, Bishop and Wonder-Worker
Saint Nicholas of Myra is a Christmas icon and one of the most beloved saints of all time. Learn more about the life and legend of Saint Nicholas.

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Most Blessed Sacrament
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska is known as the Apostle of the Divine Mercy. Learn about the life of Saint Faustina.

How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, on a standard rosary.

What Saint Anthony Helped Me Find
Every day, thousands (maybe millions!) of Catholics ask Saint Anthony of Padua to intercede for them to help find items that have been lost. Have you invoked Saint Anthony's intercession? Has Saint Anthony helped you find a lost item? Share your story with the other readers of the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism! See submissions

Mother Teresa Stamp From the U.S. Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service's Mother Teresa stamp was released on September 5, 2010, the 13th anniversary of Mother Teresa's death, at a special ceremony held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. (Image by Thomas Blackshear II; © USPS)

When Is Saint Patrick's Day?
Saint Patrick's Day commemorates the life of the great apostle of Ireland. Find the date of Saint Patrick's Day.

Saint Benedict of Nursia - Father of Western Monasticism
A short biography of Saint Benedict of Nursia, from the About.com GuideSite to Medieval History.

Catholic Encyclopedia : Beatification and Canonization
A wealth of information on the history and procedures of beatification and canonization, the process by which saints are declared in the Catholic Church.

Saint Ephrem the Syrian, Deacon and Doctor of the Church
Saint Ephrem the Syrian is best known for his prolific hymn-writing and defense of orthodox trinitarianism against the Arians. Learn more about Saint Ephrem.

Catholic Online - Saints Fun Facts
Interesting but little-known facts about various saints, presented in an entertaining cartoon format.

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