A perfect, productive and sustainable relationship with faith-based organizations has been fueling our compassion since the very beginning of Raptim. Whether you are on a short-term or long-term mission, the compassion of faith-based humanitarian travelers keeps inspiring us. How do you become a saint? Today, our work extends to church groups, missionaries, and clergy of different religions, such as Catholicism. Among the most famous Catholics are saints, some of whom are humanitarians. That might be something many of you don’t know. Becoming a saint is a long-lasting process. It consists of five steps, which all take many years to complete. That’s why this process can take many decades. It all starts with the person’s local Bishop. They investigate the life by gathering information from witnesses of their life and any writings they may have written. It’s up to the Bishop to find them to be worthy of being a saint. If he does, the Bishop submits the information he gathered to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The next step is up to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. They can choose to reject the application or accept it and begin their own investigation of the person’s life. This can take a while. If the Congregation approves the candidate, they can choose to declare that the person lived a heroically virtuous life. Mind you; this isn’t a declaration that the individual is in heaven, but that he or she pursued holiness while here on earth. It requires a miracle that has taken place through the intercession of that person to be called a saint. The miracle is usually a healing. The healing has to be instantaneous, permanent and complete while also being scientifically unexplainable. Miracles have to be first verified as scientifically unexplainable by a group of independent doctors, then the person is approved by a panel of theologians and then the final approval lies with the pope. If this is the case, a person is declared a blessed. A second miracle is needed in order to declare someone a saint. The confirmation of a second miracle goes through the same scrutiny as the first.