Pope Benedict XVI in the UK
In this section you will find information on what a Saint is, how many there are, the qualities of a Saint and issues of idolatry.
Also in Becoming a Saint
There are many definitions of a Saint. Here you will find six definitions.
Because the Church shows no true distinction between the living and the dead (the saints are considered to be alive in Heaven), saints are referred to as if they were still alive.
Holiness is not exclusive to the Catholic Church. Many cultures and religious traditions have their holy people whom they might or might not call saints.
We pray with saints, not to them. Since saints led holy lives and are close to God in heaven, we feel that their prayers are particularly effective.
We carry photos to remind us of people we love, to help us feel that they're close when we're not together, or to share with people we meet.