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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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  • First at Vatican in 60 years
    Pope John Paul II might have beatified more than a thousand martyrs and holy men and canonized almost 500 during his papacy but his canonization, along with that of Pope John XXIII on Sunday, will be only the first of a Pope in 60 years. Read more on this news related to 'Canonized'
  • 2 miracle women will attend pope canonization
    Two popes being canonized this weekend are credited with healing two women. Read more on this news related to 'Canonized'
  • Two popes to be canonized at the Vatican
    Photo Gallery // Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints in a historic double canonization on April 27. Read more on this news related to 'Canonized'

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