Where are all the sainthood candidates coming from? One country finds more Causes opened than others

The Vatican has been overrun with an overwhelming number of sainthood Causes, with the majority of candidates being Italian.
Cardinal Angelo Amato explained four of every open Cause is Italian and has been for the past decade.
There were 351 dossiers documenting the holiness of sainthood candidates between 2006 and 2016, with 139 being Italian.
Within that time frame, 43 countries submitted at least one “positio,” or a series of documents of virtues, miracles or martyrdom of potential candidates.
The “positios” are part of the process to determine a candidate’s holiness.
According to the Catholic Herald, the submissions in the past decade are:

  • 139 from Italy
  • 60 from Spain
  • 22 from Poland
  • 13 from Brazil
  • 10 from France
  • Eight from India
  • Seven each from the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Germany and Hungary
  • Six from Portugal
  • Four from the Philippines
  • Three each from Canada, England and Wales, Puerto Rico, Chile, Peru and Romania
  • Two from South Korea, Myanmar, Lebanon, Guatemala, Uganda, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovakia
  • One each from New Zealand, Algeria, Somalia, South Africa, Madagascar, Japan, Singapore, Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Uruguay, Lithuania and Czech Republic


Cardinal Angelo Amato.Cardinal Angelo Amato (CNS).

Of the 351 candidates, Cardinal Amato explained 58 are potential martyrs.
Last year, the Cardinal announced 14 beatifications and 10 canonizations for saints hailing from Albania, Argentina, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
New saints include:

  • One bishop, St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia from Spain
  • Four priests, including the Argentine “gaucho priest,” St. Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero
  • Three religious women: St. Teresa of Kolkata, St. Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad of Sweden and French Carmelite writer and mystic, St. Elizabeth of the Holy Trinity
  • Two martyrs, including St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, a 14-year-old Mexican boy martyred for refusing to renounce his faith

The Cardinal said these “dry statistics flow wildly and abundantly, like fresh water in a desert oasis, the vital life-blood of holiness that bursts forth into the world,” making it fertile.
Many have lived holy lives in accordance to the Word of God, leaving the office of open Causes infinitely busy with its sacred work.

By Kenya Sinclair

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  1. Is the canonization of a saint considered to be infallible? If not, and the person is not really a saint, are the prayers to that person considered to be useful? Sounds risky to me all the way around.
    Prayers to God are a more sure option. At least there is clear Biblical precedent for them.

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