Two U.S. Saints To Be Canonized By Pope Benedict XVI

Kateri Tekakwitha first Native American to be canonized
Thousands of pilgrims to attend canonization ceremony

WASHINGTONNext week,Pope Benedict XVI will canonize seven saints including two Americans: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, and Blessed Mother Marianne Cope, who spent the last 30 years of her life ministering to the sick on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.

Pope advances sainthood causes of Marianne Cope, Kateri Tekakwitha

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI advanced the sainthood causes of  Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

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Blessed Marianne Cope


Board approves miracle needed for Blessed Marianne Cope's canonization

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (CNS) -- The path to sainthood for Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai has been cleared after a Vatican congregation Dec. 6 confirmed a second miracle attributed to her intercession.

Hawaiians gear up for Blessed Marianne Cope's canonization

HONOLULU (CNS) -- More than 225 people from Hawaii are on the official Honolulu diocesan tour to see Blessed Marianne Cope become a saint Oct. 21 in St. Peter's Square.

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Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha — the "Lily of the Mohawks"


'Lily of the Mohawks' came to know, love Christ over clan's objections

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, "the Lily of the Mohawks," is the young Indian maiden who, despite objections from some in her own clan, came to know and love Christ.

Native Americans say canonization brings them full circle as Catholics

AURIESVILLE, N.Y. (CNS) -- As the sun set on the 73rd annual Tekakwitha Conference at its namesake's birthplace July 21, dozens of pilgrims joined hands and formed a circle, launching a traditional dance symbolic of friendship.

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