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Saints in the Modern World

Owen Chadwick

in A History of the Popes 1830-1914

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269229
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600456 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269226.003.0015

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

Saints in the Modern World

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The procedures for the canonization of saints remained traditional, but the new saints reflected to a degree the personality of each pope. Canonizations honoured the person of the saint, recognized popular cults, or praised the religious order to which the saint belonged, with a bias towards founders of religious orders, women, and the Latin peoples (French, Spanish and Italian). But some deliberately reflected the papacy's opposition to the modern world. Devotion to the Virgin Mary was particularly strong, but controversy surrounded famous manifestations of the Marial cult, such as Lourdes and the cult of St Thérèse of Lisieux.

Keywords: canonization; Lourdes; La Salette; saints; Thérèse of Lisieux; Virgin Mary; women

Chapter.  9595 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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