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  • n. The final process or decree (following beatification) by which the name of a deceased person is placed in the catalogue (canon) of saints and commended to perpetual veneration and invocation.
  • n. The state of being canonized or sainted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The final process or decree (following beatifacation) by which the name of a deceased person is placed in the catalogue (canon) of saints and commended to perpetual veneration and invocation.
  • n. The state of being canonized or sainted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, the act of enrolling a beatified person among the saints. See beatification.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church) the act of admitting a deceased person into the canon of saints

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Examples

  • Pope John Paul II has enjoyed one of the longer Papal reigns, and his canonization is a near certainty.

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  • He became upset at what he called the canonization of men like Washington.

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  • In this case, the canonization is more based on hope for what he has set out to do rather than based on what he has actually accomplished.

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  • The Vatican regarded Padre Pio with suspicion during his lifetime, even at times forbidding him from saying mass, but his popularity only grew and his canonization is a major event for Italian Catholics.

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  • SARNO: During the process of canonization, that is never even considered.

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  • In this connexion we may recall the canonization of Charles by the antipope Paschal III in 1165, which, of course, never possessed validity.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • The entire day is passed in religious exercises, but anything which could in the least savour of any public cult of the martyrs is sedulously guarded against, as such anticipation of the Church's official action would seriously interfere with the cause of their canonization, which is now under consideration at Quebec.

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  • What more reasonable than that this should be done, while living witnesses may yet be called, to prove or disprove the several allegations and assertions; since, in a few years more, such witnesses may be as much wanting as to prevent a canonization, which is therefore prudently procrastinated for above an age?

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  • The canonization is the culmination of a century of campaigning for MacKillop, who founded the order of the Sisters of St Joseph and died in Sydney in 1909 aged 67.

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  • His canonization has been the subject of much excitement among Roman Catholics in Portugal, with exhibitions about his life drawing large crowds, biographies published and the launch of a commemorative postage stamp carrying his portrait.

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