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What is the first quality that a person needs to become a canonized saint?

POPE JOHH II, POPE JOHN THE XXIII
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Here’s how the Church initially evaluates someone for canonization.

How does a person initially qualify to become a canonized saint?

To answer that question let’s look at a few of the rules that govern who is given the title of “saint” in the Roman Catholic Church (these do not apply to the Eastern Orthodox Churches, who have their own procedures).

Below are the initial steps that lead to the opening of most causes of canonization and explain the primary quality that a person needs to be considered a saint worthy of veneration and imitation.