There are said, by some, to be more than 10,000 saints according to Catholicism. This number is, of course, an estimate, but because of the way the Catholic Church recognizes saints, it is not an overt exaggeration to make it seem less glorified to be named a saint. However, there are few saints that are praised and worshipped more than those easily recognizable figures that are so often found on medallions and even the walls of churches themselves, thus giving the impression that there is a finite number of people/souls that are considered saintly.
The Catholic Church has never claimed to make saints of people, they merely study their teachings and their “miracles” (quotations used because it varies what is considered a miracle in Catholicism) and then decide if they were a person/soul that emulated God to the best of their ability in order to do good and help people on earth. By this process it makes sense that there may be more saints than even some theories number and could potentially reach into the millions. While many people would never consider themselves to be saintly, they often act in a manner that would guide the Catholic Church to, at a later time, recognize their good deeds as the work of God.
Unfortunately, because of the sheer numbers of people that may qualify to be a Catholic saint (learn more about their meaning in our next article), the Catholic Church tends to ignore those people that weren’t a Catholic themselves. This leads many people to be left out of figures on how many saints there really are and also allows good deeds to go unrecognized in many cases. Through the years, the Catholic Church has become more relaxed with various situations, but they are still seen as one of the most strict religious groups to be a part of.