Often non-Catholics will claim that “Catholics worship saints.” This statement usually comes from the fact that Catholics often pray to saints, performing various devotions to them.
While it may appear to some people that Catholics are worshiping saints, what they are doing is far from it.
Catholics firmly believe that adoration and worship is due to God alone. Only God is divine and so only God can be the object of worship.
Since the very beginning of the Church, Catholics have prayed to saints, honoring them and asking for their heavenly intercession. This arose from the belief that the Church is much larger than the physical buildings and people we see with our eyes on earth.
Catholics believe that there are three states of the Church, as explained by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.