5 October 2009
After the death of someone who has lived a life of heroic virtue, questions often turn to whether that person should be made a saint. The canonisation process has evolved over the past 1,000 years. The steps are outlined in the Apostolic Constitution, Divinus Perfectionis Magister, which was brought into effect by Pope John Paul II in 1983. Liz Lillis provides a step-by-step guide to sainthood.