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Veneration of Orthodox Saints
Question from Nick M. on 5/27/2017:

As I understand it, some of the Eastern Churches venerate as saints those men and women who are honored as such in Orthodox Churches (but who are not necessarily explicitly canonized by Latin Catholics). Does this veneration extend to newly acclaimed saints in the Orthodox Churches? Does this mean, by extension, Latin Catholics are free to venerate these saints publicly?

Answer by Robert Klesko on 6/6/2017:

Thanks for the question. A general ecumenical rule is that the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches mutually respect the canonization process in their respective Churches. If a Latin Rite Catholic has a particular attraction and private devotion to an Orthodox saint, this is perfectly allowable. Pope St. John Paul II considered Seraphim of Sarov to be a saint, he references his holy life in Crossing the Threshold of Hope.

This would be relegated to private devotion only, as public devotion would involve liturgical rites which would have to be approved by the universal Magisterium. This would be problematic at an ecumenical level.

Hope this helps! Pray for the unity of the Church!

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