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The Religion: Saints

The word "saint" comes from the Latin word "sanctus", which when translated means "consecrated" or "holy".  Saints through the ages have consisted of are men and women who have lived and sacraficed their lives in the name of God.  There are approximately 365 Saints, one for each day of the year.  The feast of some saints on that day are more popular than others.  For instance, New York's famed Little Italy is best known for the San Gennaro Feast, San (Italian for Saint) Gennaro is the patron saint of italy.  This saint obscures such saints as St. Isidore, the patron saint of computer programmers.  Say for instance, you lost a pair of keys, you would say a prayer to St. Zita, but if you lost a piece of jewelry, you would pray to St. Christopher.  At one point, the Pope felt that people of the Roman Catholic religion were placing more faith in the patron saints, than Jesus Christ, so he 'demoted" a great deal of them.

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