saints and purgatory

Do saints bypass purgatory? Or does canonization just mean that they are now in Heaven, without making a pronouncement on purgatory? I’m not looking for an argument or personal beliefs, I’m curious about the Church’s teaching on this. Thanks!

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[quote=jp2fan]Do saints bypass purgatory? Or does canonization just mean that they are now in Heaven, without making a pronouncement on purgatory?
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everyone now in heaven is a saint, whether or not they are canonized, and whether or not they spent time in purgatory. Canonized means their name is on the list (canon means list) of saints who definitely are in heaven as attested by their martyrdom, or by life of outstanding, consistent virtue, as attested by miracles worked after death through their intercession (only after a long period of investigation called a “cause”). You don’t need to be canonized to be a saint, just get to heaven, with or without purgatory. they Church makes no definite statement about anyone being either in purgatory or in hell.

People who are Saints when they die go to Heaven right away. Now the Church announces their Sainthood publically to the people when all prerequisites arre met. Saints don’t need to be officially declared or wait to get to heaven by the Church, they just are there.

Do we have any citations of Church documents? Because it seems like we have two different answers here.

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