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Canonized Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    canonized adj : accorded sacrosanct or authoritative standing [syn: canonised, glorified]
Canonized Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Canonize \Can"on*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Canonized; p. pr. & vb. n. Canonizing.] [F. canoniser or LL. canonizare, fr. L. canon.. See Canon.]
  1. (Eccl.) To declare (a deceased person) a saint; to put in the catalogue of saints; as, Thomas a Becket was canonized.
  2. To glorify; to exalt to the highest honor. Fame in time to come canonize us. --Shak.
  3. To rate as inspired; to include in the canon.[R.]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Canonized'


Canonization (or canonisation) is the act by which the Catholic Church or another religious group declares a deceased person to be a saint and is included in the canon, or list, of recognized saints. Originally, individuals were recognized as saints without any formal process.

Canonization, whether formal or informal, does not make someone a saint: it is only a declaration that the person is a saint and was a saint even before canonization.

The first persons whom the Christian Church honored as saints were the martyrs. Pious legends of their deaths were considered to affirm the truth of their faith in Christ, and formalization and celebration of these legends served to legitimize and propagate the doctrines of the Church and serve as examples.

The Latin Rite Canon of the Mass contains the names only of martyrs, along with that of the Virgin Mary and, since 1962, that of Saint Joseph.

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  • World Cup: Graham Zusi not expecting saint-like reception with USMNT vs. Mexico
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Next week, Graham Zusi will face Mexico for the first time since grateful fans there canonized him for saving El Tri's World Cup hopes. “I didn't see one when we played down in Mexico City, so I don't see this one being any different,” Sporting Kansas City's star winger told reporters on Thursday during Sporting's weekl Read more on this news related to 'Canonized'
  • Explore the Largest Permanent Educational Papal Exhibition in the U.S. at the National Museum of Funeral History
    With Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII to be canonized into saints on April 27, 2014 during a special mass at the Vatican, the National Museum of Funeral History offers the per Read more on this news related to 'Canonized'
  • ‘Totus Tuus’ Tour of Blessed John Paul II relics set
    The sacred relics of soon to be canonized Blessed Pope John Paul II will arrive in the country next month for a two-month public display as a prelude to his canonization with Blessed John XXIII by Pope Francis on April 27. Organized by the Office for the Cause for Canonization of Blessed Ivan Merz in the Philippines, the exhibit is part of the “Totus Tuus Tour, Read more on this news related to 'Canonized'

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