Called to be Saints

We’re all called to be saints, right? According to “The Economics of Sainthood,” if you wish to be canonized, perhaps you should plan to die in Italy and early in a pope’s reign.

HT: First Things


  1. I’d be curious to know if the percentage of Italian saints (or those canonized who died in Italy) was higher before John Paul II’s papacy.

  2. Jeff, if you click on the link to the paper in the First Things page, and go to page 37, you will have a partial answer to your question. The number of saints from Italy was over 50% between 1980 and 1989, went down to about 25% between 1990 and 1999 but shot back up to about 40% between 2000 and 2009. Eyeing the charts on the same page, this does not seem to be significantly lower than the historical experience.

    Of course, as Father Ruff points out these are people who died in Italy, not necessarily Italians.

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