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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The push to make a Wilmington-born priest a saint officially begins Friday in Raleigh.

“Rome is coming to Raleigh,” Bishop Michael Burbidge said during a visit to Wilmington today.

Members of the Vatican will come to Raleigh Friday to help begin the canonization process of Wilmington-born priest Thomas Price.

Bishop Burbidge says he is honored to be involved in the process.

“Most bishops go through life without being able to oversee the process of a saint being canonized, so I’m very very excited about it,” he said.

The church will establish several commissions to examine Fr. Price’s life and whether he should become a saint. Burbidge says the process could take years.

“We’re all called to be saints, but very few of us are canonized and officially named a saint,” Burbidge said. “To do that is very significant, so a lot of time is put into it.”

The canonization process will begin during a service Friday evening at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart in Raleigh.

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John Henry
2015 years 9 months ago

hard time finding a Bible in a Catholic “Church”. If you were to have one of your own however, you could easily find that anyone who trusts in Jesus as their Savior is a Saint.

What Is A Saint
2015 years 9 months ago

I’ve met quite a few born again people in my life. None of them were Saints. At least, not in the Catholic definition which is what this news story is about. You’re using the term saint in a generic way to describe someone who is “saved.” By “saint” Catholics mean someone whose life was tremendously transformed by their intense relationship with God. In many cases, the lives these people live are marked with special graces that are amazing even among believers. Saints are a sign of God’s work in a person’s life. It does require grace and free will to cooperate together, however. You don’t have to be a Catholic to become a Saint but it helps.

Your misconception of the Catholic concept of ‘saint’ includes the mistaken notion that a Saint deserves recognition for their deeds. Incorrect. Saints do not need anything people can provide. They are in heaven. The recognition of a Saint is for the betterment of Body of Christ, which is the Church or the people who make up the Church. By recognizing a Saint, the Church is saying these are people standing before God and asking and praying for His grace….for us. Just as you can pray for me and I can pray for you, Saints are deceased people who can pray for us. Catholics ask Saints to pray for them. God has entrusted that a fraction of his Grace is acquirable via the intercession or prayers of Saints.

God offers us His grace through whatever means He chooses. We know that much of God’s grace goes unused. We believe that God’s gives us some of his Grace through the lives of ordinary people like you and me. Those people who maintain that relationship with God and allow God’s grace to flow through them over a long period of time…often increasing the amount of Grace over time…sometimes become recognized as Saints.

Think of Saints has being entrusted with a measure of God’s Grace by God’s choice for our betterment. Sometimes this grace comes to us merely through the unsolicited prayers of these holy people. Other times, the grace only comes when we ask for a Saint’s prayer.

Nothing God does for us is up to us. It is up to God. Catholics merely recognize that God has chosen to deliver a portion of his Grace through His people. I can’t imagine it working any other way since why would people ever love each other if we didn’t in some profound sense need each other?

God does not punish any person who asks another person to pray for them. This gives you the free will to experiment with this notion of a Saint….which you have been deprived of. I challenge you to ask God to grant you a greater understanding of Saints through the intercession or prayers of Servant of God, Francis J. Parater. If Saint’s as Catholics understand them are the Will of God, He will answer your prayer and show you whether or not your beliefs square with truth. Try it. What do you have to lose? Will God give you something false in answer to your prayer to learn the truth? I think not. Peace.

2015 years 9 months ago

This is so fickle made up fairyland stuff, a person that is born again of the spirit receiving Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Saviour being child or adult is a saint already.
Never once did i ever hear an altar call from a Catholic or Lutheran Saint or in term , a priest or pastor from the Catholic or Lutheran church that anyone here today that does not know Jesus Christ as there Lord and Saviour to please come forward and stand before God and man being recognized so that we can pray for and with you that you may receive just as Christ died publicly for each of us , all the hocus pocus magical star dust, the big religious mystery of denying salvation and needing to go through all these catechism and confirmation classes while souls are at stake, perishable at any given moment all do to things like this outward works , this deservedness, it`s a thief to all it denies in the name of religion, now why did not Jesus do this when he walked amongst men ? Spirit of Pride? Jesus said come to me as you are, without any false pretense. We must pray for these lost religious people

it is all good and God is at the end
2015 years 9 months ago

A saint has been shown to inspire others and bring them to Christ.They are not worshipped but through extra ordinary means (which is a litmus test by the church) can inspire others to be Christ like.The process is cool and very rare…check it out.

Those which are saved can be saintly but doubtful reach saint standards.
Either way, It is all good and God is at the end….only if you want it that way.

guest 6776
2015 years 9 months ago

The bible is read at every Catholic mass. In fact I believe that you would hear the whole bible read every four years if you attended all weekend and week day masses during that time. Also don’t forget what church put the bible together through GOD’s divine intervention.


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