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In the Bible, the word saint comes from the Greek word hagion, which means one who has been set apart or made holy by faith in Christ. In this context the word "saint" is not a description of a special class of Christian or a reference to one who is deemed especially holy, but is a simple reference to all Christians.

In Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy the word "saint" is also a title that is given to Christians who died for their faith as martyrs or have been considered by the church as especially holy and to have performed miracles. Since the late Middle Ages a specific process of canonisation has been implemented within the Catholic church to recognize these saints.



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