Blog: Sainthood never looked so good…

To mark All Saints’ Day, and inspired by the My Daguerreotype Boyfriend tumblr, here are some of the best-looking saints (or potential saints) of the modern Catholic Church. While I’m interested in the visual ‘reshaping’ of saints and the creation of a public image for them, it turns out some just don’t need such a makeover.

Karol Wojtyła (1920 – 2005), future Pope John Paul II, beatified last year.

Edel Quinn (1907 – 44), Irish lay missionary, declared ‘Venerable’  in 1994.

Gemma Galgani (1878 – 1903), Italian mystic and stigmatic, canonised in 1940.

Théophane Vénard (1829 – 61), French missionary and martyr, canonised in 1988.

Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto (1835 – 1914), future Pope Pius X, canonised in 1954.

Maria Teresa Quevedo (1930 – 50), Spanish nun of the Carmelites of Charity, declared ‘Venerable’ in 1983.

Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901 – 25), Italian anti-fascist activist, beatified in 1990.