Making Saints in a “Glocal” Religion: Practices of Holiness in Early Modern Catholicism

About the Publication

Birgit Emich, Daniel Sidler, Samuel Weber, and Christian Windler (eds.), Making Saints in a “Glocal” Religion: Practices of Holiness in Early Modern Catholicism, Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2024. 

Early modern Catholicism was a “glocal” affair: global in aspiration yet diverse in its local manifestations. Saint-making was no exception. In the wake of the Council of Trent, the Roman Church developed complex bureaucratic procedures through which the papacy proclaimed the saints of the Church Universal. But these procedures remained contingent on Catholics’ active veneration of holy men and women before their formal canonization and the faithful’s willingness to reappropriate Roman saints locally once the papacy had reached a verdict. This essay is part of a volume that brings together the work of leading international specialists to show how early modern sanctity was produced, framed, and spread: far from being imposed uniformly upon a global Catholic community by the Roman center, saints were the product of constant negotiations between the global Church and local Catholics living in the four corners of the early modern world.