'I have spent much of this past week (10/19-10/26) in Rome to attend the canonization of seven new saints.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
I have spent much of this past week (10/19-10/26) in Rome to attend the canonization of seven new saints. It was very fitting that the Holy Father chose Mission Sunday as the date for the canonization of these new saints who epitomized the Church's mission to evangelize in various aspects. Two of the new saints are Americans. Sister Marianne Cope, though she was born in Germany, came to New York when she was one-year-old. She joined the Franciscan Sisters there and then went to work for many years in the leper colony in Molokai, Hawaii. She worked alongside St. Damien of Molikai and, in fact, cared for him when he was dying.
The other American saint is, of course, St. Kateri Tekakwitha. There was great enthusiasm from many quarters for her canonization as the first Native American saint. Because she spent part of her life in New York and part of her life in Canada, there were contingents from both the U.S. and Canada in Rome.
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