30 Saints Taken Off Church List
Vatican City (AP)—Nearly 30 saints were dropped in a drastic revision of the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.
Among those dropped were St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers and the figure in millions of St. Christopher medals; Saint Barbara, after whom countless girls have been named. Saint Susanna, for whom the American Roman Catholic Church in Rome is named.
The new calendar was issued under a special decree titled “Paschalia Mysterii” (“Of the Paschal Mystery”) issued by Pope Paul VI.
The calendar states the deleted saints were removed from the listing because it is doubtful that they ever existed.
5145 Christmas Loses St. Nick
St. Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus, has been abolished by Roman Catholic officials with one majestic sweep of forty-one saints that “may never have existed,” according to an announcement from Vatican City.
The announcement said that some of the abolished saints had attained their standing more through legend than truth and the decree was to set the record straight