"It's a miracle!" We've all been guilty of saying those words, without thinking about what they really mean. But within the Catholic Church (as in other religions), a miracle is an amazing and supernatural event, one that could not have occurred without the intervention of God. And most often, in the Catholic tradition, God makes these interventions through one of his faithful servants -- a saint. One early saint, condemned by the authorities to be defiled in a brothel, could not be moved -- even when she was attached to a team of oxen! Others healed the crippled, restored sight to the blind, or even raised the dead.
Today, the Catholic Church requires at least two posthumous miracles as part of the canonization process -- that is, the verification process that makes great religious figures into saints. It might surprise you to know that saints are being canonized, regularly, to this day. The current pope, Francis, has canonized 885 persons since taking his office in 2013! Most often, these posthumous miracles are healings achieved by means of prayer to the saint-to-be, who has already attained a state of veneration.
Our quiz takes a look at the fascinating world of the saints and their miracles -- healings and resurrections, stigmata and levitation, bilocation, incorruptibility, and more. Join us to learn a few things, or prove how well you remember the lives and works of the saitns.
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