Religion: On the Ladder to Heaven

In the Roman Catholic Church, saints are made, not born. Since 1588, when Rome first established strict procedures for canonization, the Congregation of Rites has declared that 211 men and women are, as far as man knows, in the company of God in heaven. Only one is an American, Mother Frances Cabrini (1850-1917). A great many more souls are waiting for similar approval.* Last week the Vatican's Polyglot Press released the latest edition of Index ac Status Causarum Beatificationis Servorum Dei et Canonizationis Beatorum, a 391-page Who's Who of potential saints that lists the names of 1,132 dead Catholics who...

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