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03-17-2016, 09:52 AM
Did you know he was never named a saint by the church?
Did you know that there never were any snakes in Ireland?

Get the real facts about St Patrick and impress your friends over a Guinness


03-17-2016, 11:48 AM
Interesting fact on canonization practices of long ago

For most of Christianity's first thousand years, canonisations were done on the diocesan or regional level. Relatively soon after the death of people considered very holy, the local Church affirmed that they could be liturgically celebrated as saints. As a result, St. Patrick has never been formally canonised by a Pope; nevertheless, various Christian churches declare that he is a Saint in Heaven (he is in the List of Saints). He is still widely venerated in Ireland and elsewhere today.