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Out of 7 Saints, 2 are New Yorkers

February 20th, 2012, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

You’ve probably heard this story by now, but in case you haven’t.

Pope Benedict to canonize seven saints next October

Cardinal Edward Egan, the Emeritus Archbishop of New York, could not keep a smile off his face as he stood in the sun outside of St. Peter’s after the consistory. He eagerly pointed out that “out of the seven saints, two are New Yorkers.

Someone asked me last night whether New York was a secular city? I said it was the most religious city in the world, and if you have any doubt, two out of seven isn’t bad for any state!” he told CNA.

Pretty cool. Although, isn’t it funny how people from NYC mix and match the word “New York” to apply either to the city or the state as they please? Meanwhile those of us who don’t live in the city must be sure to always emphasize State when we say “New York State” so as not to confuse others into thinking that we’re referring to the city. In the case of these Saints, I hereby officially claim them as Upstaters! That makes the grand total:

Upstate: 2
NYC: 0

While we’re at it, I thought these posters going around facebook were funny:

and one more:


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2 Responses to “Out of 7 Saints, 2 are New Yorkers”

  1. avatar Raymond F. Rice says:

    When downstaters hear something outlandish about us upstaters, they refer to us as being those upstaters but when we pull something good off, we are called New Yorkers! LOL LOL LOL

  2. avatar Jim says:

    Jim M. here: There is a lot of history in upstate New York concerning the North American martyrs….. St. Isaac Jogues and companions, and St. Jean de Brebeuf. There is a shrine to them at Auriesville, N.Y. between Utica and Albany.


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