How are patron saints chosen?


#1

I was stumped by this question. Perhaps one wiser than me knows the answer. What process is a patron saint selected for a particular cause (i.e. St. Joseph of Cupertino, patron of aviators and astronauts)? Who decides, where is it discussed?


#2

This is something that is under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, a department of the Roman Curia in Rome. The Congregation does the investigation and presents its findings to the pope. The pope is the one who makes official the patronage of a particular cause by a particular saint.


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