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Been a while since religion class? Refresh your memory on how to pray the rosary, go to confession, say the "Act of Contrition" and say your prayers with these Howcast videos. Plus, learn what's involved in becoming a saint.
You Will Need
- An exemplary life
- Miracles attributed to your intercession
Die. The Vatican usually requires a five-year waiting period after a person’s death even to begin the process toward sainthood. Even after death, you’ve got your work cut out for you.
After five years, what is known as a 'cause' may be initiated with the individual’s local bishop and then with the Vatican’s Congregation for Sainthood Causes.
Postulator leads investigation
A postulator will lead the cause and serve in charge of the investigation of the deceased’s virtue and miracles attributed to him or her.
Pope deems candidate "venerable"
If the pope recognizes the candidate as having heroic virtues, the pope may deem him or her 'Venerable,' the first step toward sainthood.
Two miracles required
In general, the verification of two miracles attributed to the intercession of the candidate is required for canonization.
Pope beatifies candidate
After one miracle, the pope may beatify the candidate, the second step toward sainthood. The candidate is then called 'Blessed.'
Vatican verifies second miracle
If the Vatican verifies an additional miracle, canonization may follow.
Intercede with God
Should you make it to sainthood, expect to be very busy for subsequent millennia. Catholics pray that saints intercede with God on their behalf. That’s running some heavy interference.