How many saints are there?

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    Andres Ortiz
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    Does anyone know how many saints have actually been canonized? I think there’s a few thousand, but I am wondering if anyone knows the exact number.

    #7371

    weather
    Member

    There are over 10,000 named saints and beati from history, the Roman Martyology and Orthodox sources, but no definitive “head count”.

    #7372

    XC
    Member

    There’s an attempt at a list here:
    http://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

    If you want, I can write a quick script that would count them.

    #7373

    XC
    Member

    Okay, I did it anyway… There appear to be 5,960 unique saints in that index.

    #7374

    weather
    Member

    That’s allot did you actually count them?

    #7375

    XC
    Member

    Yes, in a manner of speaking. I had the computer count them:

    [code:htszz88u]#!/usr/bin/perl

    use strict;

    my %saints;

    for(’A’..’Z’)
    {
    my $page = `wget -O – http://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php?lst=$_`;
    while($page =~ s/saint.php?saint_id=(d+)//)
    {
    $saints{$1} = 1;
    }
    }

    print scalar(keys(%saints))."n";
    [/code:htszz88u]

    #7376

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    I ripped the entire Bible from the USCCB’s website and put it in XML format one time.

    I did mine in PHP though.

    #7379

    weather
    Member

    you guys are amazing,It took me two hours to count them by hand

    #7380

    Bernardine
    Member

    [quote:5x9emrd0]you guys are amazing,It took me two hours to count them by hand[/quote:5x9emrd0]

    [color=green:5x9emrd0]lol. That’s funny stuff Weather. Now I have to wipe A&W root beer off my monitor.[/color:5x9emrd0]

    #7381

    XC
    Member

    Hokey smokes, weather, did you really count them? What result did you get?

    Jon, what did you end up doing with your XML Bible?

    #7382

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:320db39h]Jon, what did you end up doing with your XML Bible?[/quote:320db39h]
    Nothing, yet. I was going to find a way to integrate it into this site, but I haven’t had any time for development.

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