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All Saints Day is celebrated on Nov. 1. Catholics honor saints who by their example teach us how to live "hallowed" or "holy" lives on All Saints Day. Arkansas Catholic explains that this feast day is a special time for the Church to remember those who have died and gone to heaven. This includes all saints, not just those who are known to us (those canonized by the Church). Catholic teaching holds that all people in heaven are saints. We ask them to pray for us so that we go to heaven as well. This holy day began in the Western Church around 609 A.D. when the Pantheon at Rome was consecrated by Pope Boniface IV to the Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs. This feast falls on a Sunday this year, which is already a holy day of obligation.