Making Saints: How The Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes A Saint, Who Doesn'T, And Why

Making Saints: How The Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes A Saint, Who Doesn'T, And Why

by Kenneth L. Woodward

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Overview

From inside the Vatican, the book that became a modern classic on sainthood in the Catholic Church.
Working from church documents, Kenneth Woodward shows how saint-makers decide who is worthy of the church's highest honor. He describes the investigations into lives of candidates, explains how claims for miracles are approved or rejected, and reveals the role politics — papal and secular — plays in the ultimate decision. From his examination of such controversial candidates as Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Edith Stein, a Jewish philosopher who became a nun and was gassed at Auschwitz, to his insights into the changes Pope John Paul II has instituted, Woodward opens the door on a 2,000-year-old tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684815305
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 07/23/1996
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,197,828
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Kenneth L. Woodward, a senior writer at Newsweek, has been the magazine's religion editor for thirty-two years. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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