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How did Saint Patrick become a saint?

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Saint Patrick was never canonized by the Catholic Church, but people and churches all around the world view him as a saint for his missionary work. He died on March 17, 460. The date of his death is called Saint Patrick's Day in his honor.

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Saint Patrick worked to spread Christianity to Ireland. He was captured by Irish pirates at 16, but he escaped. His experience inspired him to go back to Ireland as a priest. The Pope consecrated Saint Patrick as Bishop of the Irish in 431. Saint Patrick later invented the Celtic cross, a combination of Christian and pagan symbols.

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