For Pope Francis, many saints will be in that number

September 3, 2016 10:43 PM

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Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa on Sunday (Sept. 4), declaring the sainthood of a 20th-century figure renowned for her ministry to the poor and dying. Yet as the pope celebrates her sanctity, he will also be furthering a boom in the business of minting saints during his papacy.

Theologians and papal watchers say Francis is proclaiming new saints at a rate not seen since the heady days of John Paul II, the church's canonization champion. In his 3 1/2 years as pope, Francis has presided over 29 canonizations -- 11 more than Benedict XVI, his predecessor, at the same point in...

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