Can Catholics pray directly to the saints?

Is it permissible in the Catholic Church to pray directly to a saint, like St. Bernadette or
St. Joan of Arc?

These links should be helpful for understanding why we pray to the saints and the role it plays in our Catholic faith. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

Recommended Reading:
The Intercession of the Saints
by the Early Church Fathers
Any Friend of God is a Friend of Mine by Patrick Madrid
Praying to the Saints
Saint Worship?
What happens to us between death and judgment day?

Why Mary?
When do I pray to our Lord and when to Mary and the saints?
Should I pray directly to Jesus?
May Christians pray only to God alone?
Communicating with Saints to intercede for us

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