Saints Alive

The Forerunners of Christ by Fra Angelico, National Gallery London (© Wikimedia)

For well over a thousand years, the saints have been held up as examples for Catholics around the world. Though the Church sets the standards for sainthood, the choice of saints is often dependent on popular choice. They are chosen to reflect the lives and interests of those around them.

In the past decade, the popularity of the saints has again surged, and this time their admirers come from all walks of life and religious backgrounds. What’s the reason for this renewed interest, and how does it manifest itself? In “Saints Alive”, the Sound Fountain looks at pop culture and saints from the Virgin Mary to Princess Diana.

Producer: Michele Ernsting

Broadcast: December 29, 2000