In a clever headline, “Two More Saints From a State of Grace”, the New York Times points out that more than half the 12 Americans saints are from  the state of New York.

Lawrence Downs writes… “When Pope Benedict XVI canonizes seven Catholic saints in Rome next Sunday, two Americans will be among them, bringing the total of American saints to an even dozen. That may seem surprisingly few after 500 years of Christianity in the New World, but the United States is still a relative newcomer in the Catholic Church, and these things take time…. What’s more remarkable, even astounding, is that seven of the 12 are New Yorkers — either native-born or with some other strong connection to the state, including the two newest, Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope.”

Read the story in order to find out what 3 states account for the other five.

For the saint watchers how many others are in the pipeline? There are at least three the editor knows of.