Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics Tim Staples explains when the Church began to canonize saints and why. See the tract linked above for more information.
Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of...
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"To become a hostage in the hands of the infidels, if that is necessary for the deliverance of Christ's faithful."
~ The fourth vow of the Order of Our Lady of Ransom (Mercedarians), founded in the thirteenth century by St. Peter Nolasco, which rescued some half-million slaves between the years 1218 and 1632.