The images in Catholic churches are mostly of Mary and other “saints” who constitute an elite corps of the dead (not unlike lwas, spirit guides and Ascended Masters) that appear to and assist the living from beyond the grave. In the Bible, however, all of God’s people, while still living on earth, are called saints, both in the Old Testament (Psalm:30:4; 85:8; 149:1; etc.) and in the New (Romans:1:7; 15:25; 1 Corinthians:1:2; etc.). The New Testament epistles were written to the saints then living at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Colosse, and so on.
Each Christian is a saint and has equal access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The idea that someone who has lived a particularly holy life and to whom miracles have been attributed is voted to be a saint by a church hierarchy many years after his or her death (and thereafter can be petitioned for help) is absolutely foreign to Scripture. This is pagan occultism. For many Latin American Catholics (even in the United States), “a curandero, or shaman-healer, is also called a saint.”