Popes Aren't Automatically Saints

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Popes Aren't Automatically Saints
Fri, 05-06-2011 - 8:14am

I was a bit surprised to see this headline on the Catholic News Serivce. Are there a lot of people out there who think that popes automatically qualify as saints?

The numbers were interesting:

From St. Peter to Pope Benedict XVI, there have been 265 popes; 78 of them are saints, and Pope John Paul II's beatification brought to 11 the number of popes known as blessed.

Here's a link to the article: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1101685.htm