Western Spirituality observes spiritual practices of the West. Find information on topics related to angels, sainthood or the Papacy.

10 Little-Known Patron Saints

While Saint Peter and Saint Micheal are well-known, there are a number of little-known patron saints. Did you know that there is a patron saint for dentists, ice skaters, bachelors and difficult marriages? Find out more about obscure patron saints.

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  • How can a corpse be incorruptible?

    How can a corpse be incorruptible?

    Science hasn't yet explained how incorruptibles -- corpses that don't rot -- are preserved. What, if anything, do they have to do with sainthood? See more »

  • How Circumcision Works

    How Circumcision Works

    Snip, snip -- that's the sound of a baby losing his foreskin. Circumcision is a common medical practice in many parts of the world. Where did this tradition come from? And is it something we should stop? See more »

  • How Creationism Works

    How Creationism Works

    The public debate between Christian creationism and evolution has heated up once again in the United States. Learn about the different forms of Christian creationism and find out what's fueling the controversy. See more »

  • How does someone become a saint?

    How does someone become a saint?

    Becoming a saint in the Roman Catholic Church is designed to be lengthy and difficult process. What are steps involved in canonization? See more »

  • How Intelligent Design Works

    How Intelligent Design Works

    How does intelligent design explain the origins of life? Does it fit the criteria of a scientific theory, or is it religious dogma in a scientific wrapper? In this article, we'll examine intelligent design and the controversy it has generated. See more »

  • How Nuns Work

    How Nuns Work

    If you only know about nuns through movies and television, then you might think that all nuns wield rulers while singing, dancing and flying. In reality, nuns have set themselves apart from the world to lead a more spiritual life, one with vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. See more »

  • How the Papacy Works

    How the Papacy Works

    Catholics around the world have welcomed Pope Francis. Besides providing spiritual leadership to millions worldwide, the pope has many other duties. Learn about the rules of the Papacy. See more »

  • How Voodoo Works

    How Voodoo Works

    If asked to describe Voodoo, many people would mention pin-filled dolls, zombies animal sacrifices and spirit possessions. Explore the Voodoo religion and find out if the stereotypes about it are true. See more »

  • What is hope?

    What is hope?

    When Pandora opened the box she wasn't supposed to open, all of the evils of the world flew out: hate, pain, destructiveness, starvation. When she saw what she'd done, she closed the box before the last thing in there could escape. What was it? See more »

  • What is the true meaning of jihad?

    What is the true meaning of jihad?

    A recently declassified U.S. government study says the Iraq war has become a uniting cause for "Muslim jihadists." See more »

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