Whenever we hear the word “saint,” we often think of centuries-old men, women, and children who are wearing long dresses, priest and nun attires, and other outfits that are rarely seen nowadays. We also think of pictures and paintings that show how these individuals looked like, because, of course, there were no cameras back in their time.
But have you ever imagined these saints, who lived even before most of the modern world was born, as cartoons? We know those two words don’t exactly go together, especially with how formal and regal these individuals are, but some have actually already turned them into chibi versions! (Look: Pope Francis becomes an anime character in customized Japanese coat)
This Japanese cartoon version of saints has been around for a few years, in the hopes of bringing them closer to children. And now, Catholic news agency Aleteia has decided to make their own cartoon version of some well-known saints!
Pixar Versions of Saints: St. Thérèse
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, sometimes known as St. Thérèse of Lisieux, was a Carmelite nun who was devoted to her calling— entering the convent at the young age of 15. She is well known to this day for her unwavering faith in the Lord, despite the obstacles she faced such as depression, scruples, and even religious doubts. (Read: A Feast Day Prayer to St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
St. Thérèse is also known for her ‘Little Way’ or “the way of spiritual childhood, the way of trust and absolute surrender.” She died in 1897 at the age of 24 due to tuberculosis, and was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925. St. Thérèse is also the youngest person to become a doctor of the Church.
Pixar Versions of Saints: Chiara Corbella Petrillo
While she is not a saint (yet), Chiara Corbella Petrillo is on this list because she is actually a Servant of God. The title is given to individuals who have unwavering faith in Catholicism, and a staunch follower of the Church’s traditions. It is considered the first step for individuals who are being investigated in the hopes of being canonized in the future.
The title is just perfect for Chiara, as when she was still alive, she and her husband Enrico would religiously go to pilgrimages and were admirers of the Franciscans. In fact, the couple made several pilgrimages to Assisi, the Italian town where Franciscan Order founder St. Francis is associated with. (Read: Catholics in Iraq Begin Prayers for Pope Francis’s Visit)
Chiara died in 2012 at only 28 years old, due to cancer. She and Enrico have one living son, Francesco.
Pixar Versions of Saints: St. Dominic Savio
St. Dominic Savio was a young child who was studying to become a priest, and was actually a student of St. John Bosco! Even at his young age, Dominic was already seen to be living a holy and saintly life— he was religious, faithful, and a firm believer of the Catholic faith. (WATCH: Fr. Antonio Molavin on Living a Good Life Serving the Lord)
St. Dominic understood so much of the religion he follows that he was actually allowed to receive his First Holy Communion at an early age— children were supposed to be 12 years old, he was able to get his at seven. Unfortunately, while studying to become a priest, Dominic got sick (possibly of pleurisy or tuberculosis) and passed away at 14. He became a saint in 1954.
Check out more Pixarized saints here.