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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
In the Romish Church, is the solemn declaration by the Pope that a servant of God, renowned for his virtue and for miracles he has wrought, is to be publicly venerated by the whole Church, termed Saint, and honoured by a special festival. A preparatory stage is beatification, and the beatification and canonisation of a saint are promoted by a long, tedious, and costly process, much resembling a suit at law.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Canonisation'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​nut/​c/canonisation.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.